Office Frustrations

Do you have a coworker that drives you crazy? What do they do that frustrates you so? Well, Careerbuilder.com offers 10 surefire ways to “tick off” your co-workers. Now let us count the ways:

  • Is it always all about you? Are you preoccupied with your own career path and looking good at the expense of others? Do you put others down while you pump yourself up? Instead, conduct yourself in such a way that other people will want to see you succeed — let their genuine support and admiration of who you are pull you to success.
  • Answering cell phone calls during meetings. A surefire way to aggravate people is to consistently respond to calls, e-mails and pagers when in conversation with others.
  • Sending voice mails that go on and on and on. At the end of a voice message, replay it and hear how you sound. Difficulty in getting to the point?
  • Acting like a bureaucrat. Do you drag out turnaround times and play control games? Do you create obstacles or barriers for others to do their work? Making mountains out of molehills is another surefire way to alienate people.
  • “I’m like, ya know…” You are your words even more so in virtual relationships. You may be communicating with people worldwide who know you only by the sound of your voice or the tone of your e-mails. Become conscious of how you use language and stop communicating in ways that cause you to sound inexperienced or unprofessional.
  • Doing your bills at the office. Whether you are paying your bills, planning your wedding, or placing an online order for a special gift, avoid doing them on office time.
  • Skirting around the dress code. Dressing for work has never been more complicated – especially if you work at multiple locations. Prioritize matching your customer’s dress code and if visiting more than one on a given day and the codes conflict, go for a classic, neutral look.
  • Taking it too easy on telecommute days. Run a few errands and throw in a load of laundry? Hey, you’re a hard worker and deserve work-life balance. Telecommuting can be a tremendous win-win but if you stretch it to its limits, you may blow the policy for yourself and others.
  • Acting unethically. Make sure you are clear on your organization’s ethics policies and have the courage and conviction to uphold them. It’s easy to draw the line on major violations but watch for the subtle ways you may be pulling others in the wrong direction to achieve goals.
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