Office Behavior That Drives Co-Workers Crazy

By Dennis McCafferty
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Many of us who work in an office feel that our co-workers are like family members. However, that doesn't mean we like being around them all the time, especially when they indulge in the following extremely annoying behaviors. These actions cover everything from violations of personal space to communications faux pas to kitchen disasters. Frankly, constant exposure to aggravating and inconsiderate behavior in the office can result in frazzled nerves and frayed tempers. It doesn't help that research shows we're spending more time together on the job—and in increasingly close quarters. Two-thirds of employees surveyed say they now work "a great deal" many more hours than they did five years ago. Meanwhile, office space is shrinking: Employees, on average, have only 150 square feet to themselves, compared with the 225 square feet they had in 2010, research shows. The best way to co-exist with your office colleagues is to abide by the Golden Rule: Treat people as you would like to be treated. Our list of inappropriate office behaviors was compiled with advice from several sites, including SmartCompany.com and Monster.com.

This article was originally published on 2014-03-06
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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