One hundred percent of people who work have an annoying co-worker. The reasons for the annoyance range from personality to hygiene and the number of annoyances varies as well.
- Constant complaining
- Loud chewing
- Loud talking
- Smelly food
When the person helping on an assignment spends half of the time complaining about the task at hand, that is energy that would best be applied to getting the job done.
Smelling Sally's leftover brussel sprout casserole from the break room could be enough to unite the office in breaking the microwave. Sally sitting in the cubicle next to you chowing down loudly while laughing at videos of baby goats may make work insufferable.
Gossip around the water cooler is an age-old tradition. These days people can gossip from their cubicles, silently and without worry that the person being gossiped about will find out. That can equate to bullying which, in today's society, can get quite serious. While Sally may not care if her casserole is gagging the entire office, Steve may be a bit sensitive about his body odor.
All of these are surface annoyances and are a part of life in and out of the office. What can you do? Working from home is not a possibility for everyone and the grass is probably not greener on the other side unless you are getting paid more to deal with it.
How can you deal with it then?
It is really pretty simple. You talk to the person getting on your nerves. You can speak with Sally about her casserole or Ed about him speaking so loudly the entire office can hear every thought that comes out of his mouth. You can speak to a manager to see if they can have a quick word with them. Results will vary because a girl has to eat and Steve may have a medical condition that causes his musk, but you have to start the conversation.
There just has to be that fourteen percent of people who become worse than the annoyance in the way that they handle it by publically shaming. Public shaming is not okay. If you cannot find a productive way to deal with your frustrations, shame is not the answer. It is not good for you. It is not good for the person who just wants to eat or has a big personality. It can have an impact on someone's sense of self-worth and you may just lose your job over it.
If you are looking for a job, Staffing Plus, Inc. can help you find it. They may not be able to find you a zero annoyance atmosphere, but they can find a job that is right for you. If interested in learning more about this and related topics, visit the Career Advice section of our blog.
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