You obviously didn’t think you were the easiest person to work with, even if you did get along with just about everyone at work—except maybe that judgey colleague of yours who likes to scan you from head to heel before she smiles back. So is it just her—or could you actually be doing things that bothered people around you? Let’s find out!
Here are a few common traits that irk the hell out of your colleagues.
- 1. You gloat too much
- 2. You share too much information
- 3. You judge other employees
- 4. You constantly interrupt others
- 5. You're just lousy
- 6. You're absent too often
- 7. You’re overtly expressive
1. You gloat too much
Yeah, you’re like really successful. If there ever was a boss’s apple, it’d be designed for you. Even if it’s hypothetical, you let it be known just how much you deserve it. So blinded, you fail to see eyes being rolled at you.
Colleague: Please shut up!
2. You share too much information
You know how they say cleavage is sexy, spillage isn’t? Let’s not spill, please! Talking about your S.O. over lunch is fine, but discussing in depth the colours he likes, the fights you’ve had and all the babies you plan on making is TMI—too much information!
Colleague: Get a room best friend!
3. You judge other employees
Nothing’s more toxic than people talking about other people. You're all in your respectable positions, so why belittle others (or yourself) by judging or bitching about them? Have better things to do, or better yet, have a life—so you’re not focussed on others’.
Colleague: Live and let live!
4. You constantly interrupt others
Do you not see that they're working? Or that the colleague sitting next to you is plugged in? Read the signs there, she's unapproachable—to your questions about how you look, what to reply to the absurd text your boyfriend sent you or even for casual banter. Some people like to stay focused, so let ‘em?
Colleague: Find another time!
5. You're just lousy
Another major let down—being sluggish. Be it your slouching body language, your lack of proactivity, or your laid-back-translates-to-lazy way of doing things, all make you a very lousy employee—one most would abstain from working with. So buck up!
Colleague: You're killing my vibe!
6. You're absent too often
Another day-off? Another sick leave? Another excuse? Jeez. If you're going to be that sick, weak and tardy, sooner or later people are going to stop relying on you. Being a teammate requires you to be responsive, else you’re free to go off and do your thing—outdoors.
Colleague: I'd rather do it myself!
7. You’re overtly expressive
Your workplace is a workplace for a reason—so you can leave your emotions back home and not be a can of spilling beans at work. People can be compassionate, but they really don’t have the time. So save it! Also, be mindful of physical contact, for they're your colleagues and not your friends.
Colleague: Please back off!
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