It is easy to get upset with co-workers because of the way they conduct themselves in the office.  We all have our pet peeves when it comes to the behavior of others and for me topping that list is those who can’t be bothered cleaning up after themselves. 

Kevin's pet peeve: a messy work kitchen (Townsquare Media NJ)

They think nothing of leaving crumbs in the kitchen, empty coffee cups lying around, papers all over the place and more.  However none of that makes the top 10 list of surefire ways to become an annoyance to others at work:


  1. You’re unprepared.  Shows a lack of respect for your co-workers and yourself. Plus it’s a waste of time.
  2. You’re not a team player.  You have to be able to jump in when someone else needs help as nothing frustrates co-workers more than when they are busy running around and you are sitting around reading junk on your computer.
  3. You’re not self-reliant.  Try and solve your own problems and don’t ask for help unless you really need it.
  4. You’re loud on the phone.  OK I will admit to being a violator of this although in my case my office is not right next to anyone else.  However this is something that can really bother those who work next to you and remember, personal calls should be brief.
  5. You smell.  The way you smell is especially important if you work in close quarters so be considerate of your work neighbors.  This is not just body odor but smoke and even the food you eat.  And don’t overdo it with cologne or perfume.
  6. You’re unhealthy.  If you’re sick then stay home because the last thing anyone wants is the entire office to catch what you have.  If you do come to work then cover your mouth, wash your hands and wipe down shared equipment.
  7. You walk like an elephant.  Try to move around the office quietly to avoid disturbing those around you.
  8. Your cell phone is always on.  Unless its part of your business or really necessary cell phones should be turned off or kept on silent or vibrate.  Plus those corny ring tones don’t work well in an office setting.
  9. Your computer volume is blasting.  Nobody wants to hear another person’s bells and whistles while they are trying to work.
  10. You shake hands like a fish and avoid eye contact.  The rule of thumb should always be ”firm handshake, eye contact and friendly smile.”  Those who have their head down and offer a sweaty and wimpy handshake are doomed to failure.

What are YOUR work pet peeves? Add to the list in the comments below.