This was a pretty fun post to write. No matter where you’re employed, you’re sure to meet these 10 annoying people at work. Even though most of these start with “the guy who…” these annoying people in the workplace can be both guys and girls. Feel free to add to this list by leaving a comment below with some annoying people at your work.
1. The lazy slacker
Going for long coffee breaks, surfing the web, taking 2-hour lunches and sneaking out 30 minutes early all describe a typical day in the life of this guy. Everybody hates him because he seems to get away with it. But nobody wants to be that person who rats him out. So we all just put up with it.
2. The guy who always needs a Kleenex
Cold and flu season and allergy season are the worst! This is the guy who’s always sniffling. You don’t notice him at first until someone points him out. Then he’s all you hear! He either sounds like he’s snorting his snot back up to his brains or blows his nose like a 300 pound trucker.
3. The guy who always calls in sick just before or just after a long weekend
Less annoying if your days are more peaceful without this guy around. But pretty annoying if you rely on him to do his work in order for you to complete yours. It’s so obvious he’s not really sick, yet everyone lets it slide.
4. The guy who steals people’s lunches
I wrote a blog post about this last year called, “Why do people steal food from the office fridge.” I will never understand what would possess someone to go into the fridge at work and take someone’s lunch. What’s worse is when someone eats half your lunch and puts the other half back.
5. The guy who calls to tell you he just sent you an email
I shared a funny quote about this in my post, “Sarcastic quotes to get you through those crappy days.” This guy exists in every office, and no matter how many times you tell him your emails are working fine, he still calls you after every email to ask, “Did you get my email?!”
6. The guy who loves the “Reply All” button
I wrote a post about email etiquettes not long ago and one of my email pet peeves is when people “Reply All” for no good reason. Things like saying “thanks” or “you’re welcome” do not merit a Reply All.
7. The guy who talks on his phone super loud
Loud people in general are so distracting in the workplace. These are the people who think their cubicle is an office. They’re also the same guys who rest their feet up on their desks. They’re only loud when the call is going well, but quiet when the call isn’t going in their favour.
8. The guy who sends emails on weekends to impress people
This is the guy who purposely logs into his computer on a Saturday morning, sends a few pointless emails to some high profile executives and then logs off till Monday morning. You know they have nothing better to do than look like they’re working on weekends.
9. The guy who always comes in late and leaves early
This person is perpetually late for work every morning yet is able to get out the door before everyone else. While it’s definitely not fair to the other employees, this person seems to get away with it every day (probably because they have kids).
10. The over-achiever and over-emotional workaholic
This is the person who sets unreasonable expectations for themselves and others, sets the bar really high and gets super bent out of shape when work overwhelms them. (I’m honest enough to admit this is me.)
Now over to you. What would you add to this list? Leave me a comment below and tell me about the annoying people at work you have to deal with.