What annoys you at the office?
By +Dax Radder
I don’t know what it is about cubicles, but for me they represented a cage at the zoo with the animal (me) pacing psychotically back and forth, fangs bared, just waiting for the opportune time to escape.
And much like an animal at the zoo, you more than likely had no control over which cubicle you were plopped into and told to start putting your nose to the grindstone. And just like at the zoo, there are quiet animals who make hardly any noise and then there are the loud animals, who roar at anything.
So, when I ran across this article about The Top 10 Office Annoyances from the Opinium Research website, all the bad memories from my days at a Fortune 50 company came flooding back to me.
The top 10 office annoyances are:
- Grumpy or moody colleagues (37%)
- Slow computers (36%)
- Small talk/ gossip in the office (19%)
- The use of office jargon or management speak (18%)
- People speaking loudly on the phone (18%)
- Too much health and safety in the work place (16%)
- Poor toilet etiquette (16%)
- People not turning up for meetings on time or at all (16%)
- People not tidying up after themselves in the Kitchen (15%)
- Too cold/ cold air conditioning (15%)
I experienced all ten to be sure, but the one that most sticks in my craw, is number 5.
She was loud on the phone. She was real loud on the phone. She was so loud, that even when she whispered (to her husband) I could hear every syllable, every detail of their lives. At the time, if someone were to ask me what she was cooking for dinner that night, I would have been able to tell them what her family had to eat for the past week and what she planned for them to eat for the next week.
Oh, and it wasn’t just her husband, she also spoke to her mother, her cousin, her brother, her babysitter, her hairstylist, you name them, she talked to them-loudly. For the time she was there, it was almost like I was a split-personality. Not only did I have all of my worries, concerns and things-to-do floating around in my head, but I also had all of her worries, concerns and things-to-do floating around in my head. I would wake up on Saturday mornings in a cold sweat, anxious about everything I had to do that day and then I would realize that all things I had to do today were her errands!
Fortunately, she didn’t last long and was replaced by a mild-mannered, even-toned, silky-voiced woman. What a relief. My new co-worker was fantastic in all areas except one: number 9.
But that’s for another Document Scanner Reviews article.
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