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Poll: 20 most annoying office habits

Last updated on: May 23, 2011 16:48 IST

Poll: 20 most annoying office habits

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Leaving desks untidy, loos unclean, flirting incessantly and conveniently forgetting about borrowed money. Here are 20 of the most annoying office habits that totally turn us off. Vote for the one that annoys you the most!

Many of us spend more time in our offices than we spend at home. Our colleagues form a more integral part of our lives than our spouses ever will.

Some of us have worked with and known their colleagues for longer than they've known their wives.

That really does say something about a workplace doesn't it?

It won't be unfair to say that little things our co-workers do probably tick us off more than what our partners do at home

So here's a list of the 21 most annoying office habits that make us want to kill our colleagues:

Illustration: Uttam Ghosh


Image: The most annoying office habits that get us all hyper

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Reporting to work without bathing

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There are those who think they must walk out of their bed and walk straight into the office.

The idea of having a bath, shaving or wearing clean clothes seems plain alien to them.

All they know is that they must report to work irrespective of whether they've bathed, shaved or brushed their teeth.

It doesn't matter to them if there's a meeting with the CEO or an important bunch of clients are coming over to discuss an important deal.

Tell them to dress better and at best they'll turn up in a crumpled shirt over the same pair of jeans they've been wearing for the last three months.

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Illustration: Uttam Ghosh


Image: Some of us seem to get the idea that it is okay to walk out of bed and right into office

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Untidy desks

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Some of us like to keep our desks spic and span -- papers in order, pens, pencils and other stationery in one corner, the computer screen at a particular angle and no other.

But universe has a way of balancing things out.

So on the other end of the spectrum, are those who survive because of the madness without the method.

The less we speak about their desks the better -- cluttered, messy and always in a state of complete chaos! Don't be surprised if you happen to find a week-old salad somewhere beneath those piles of papers and junk.

Be glad.

We can assure you that somewhere in there will be a piece of pizza that was ordered last Diwali.

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Illustration: Dominic Xavier


Image: Look under the pile of documents and you might just find a pizza ordered during Diwali

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Incessant flirting

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Yes we admit that hot new recruit makes us weak in our knees too but hey it doesn't mean we head towards the coffee machine or take a smoke break every time she goes does!

The thing with an incessant flirt is that he doesn't get it at all. She may be giving him the coldest of the vibes but that won't make a difference to him.

He'll keep hitting

"I'm heading in the same direction as you. Let me drop you!"

and hitting

"Oh I didn't know you were here too!"

and hitting!

"Of course I looove Shakespeare!"

Till of course the girl invites him for her wedding. Then he'll sulk for a good t-w-e-l-v-e hours before starting over with another girl.

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Illustration: Uttam Ghosh


Image: They just don't get it, do they... these compulsive flirts!

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Being sexist

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This breed of people is perhaps worse than the incessant flirt.

Despite his annoying habits, no real flirt will ever say anything nasty to any woman. It's simply not in his nature -- being nasty to a woman or sexist doesn't fit into his scheme of things.

The sexist on the other hand will make sure you're made to feel miserable about being a woman, tell you exactly what you should do and pass remarks that will make you want to aim a kick at his you-know-what.

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Illustration: Uttam Ghosh


Image: A sexist would like to see a woman at home and not his cubicle

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Speaking loudly over the phone

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Picture this: you're sitting there poring over the all-important presentation you're supposed to make when he walks in, his new iPhone welded to his ears, hard selling some product of your company to a prospective client at the decibel of a vuvuzela.

Try explaining that you need to work and he'll probably just give you a why-the-hell-are-you-disturbing-me look, roll his eyes and continue talking anyway, without any change in his pitch or volume.

These are the guys who make you wish people came with a volume control knob!

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Illustration: Uttam Ghosh


Image: It doesn't matter what you may be doing when Mr All Important has to make a call

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Refusing to flush

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The idea of personal hygiene is completely and utterly lost on some of us. Effectively, so is the concept of flushing after the deed is done.

Sadly (and mysteriously) you never seem to catch them as they're stepping out of the loo so you can confront them.

We suppose 'doing it' surreptitiously and getting away without noticing is one of the superpowers you acquire when you're unhygienic.

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Illustration: Uttam Ghosh


Image: The idea of flushing seems as alien as

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Playing loud music

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We suppose most of those who play music out loud are the 'creative' types you find in media houses and ad agencies. Or else the techies who like to believe they're writing poetry in the binary language.

Whether anyone is getting disturbed or not is quite simply not their concern.

The hitch with both these characters is that neither seems to be aware of the technological advancement in hardware. There is, as some of us would know, a wonderful invention called yep a pair of headphones.

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Illustration: Uttam Ghosh


Image: Sure we love loud music but not in the office you know

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Pinching your stationery

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Admit it, however old some of us get, our fascination with stationery never ends. The colourful paper clips, post its and freshly sharpened pencils do kinda add some personality to the desk, don't they?

Then of course the stationery pincher makes his appearance. In the middle of the night, when the last of the lights has been turned off and the security is done with his last round of the day, the stationery pincher emerges from his hiding.

And before you know it, when you clock in the next morning it's gone -- first the stapler, then that lovely note pad, followed by the pens -- of all four colours, even the whiteboard marker and finally the pen stand!

Guess that's what you get when you've pinched all of that from the office stationery cupboard!

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Illustration: Uttam Ghosh


Image: The stationery pincher won't even spare that bunch of executive bond papers you like on your desk

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Borrowing money and forgetting about it

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Umm could I borrow a hundred bucks? I've run out of change and I need to pay the cabbie downstairs!"

Looking at the urgency on your colleague's face you take pity on him and hand out that last currency note in your wallet.

Sounds familiar?

Yup! That's Mr/Ms Borrow-and-forget!

What these folks don't understand that the very idea of 'borrowing' involves 'returning' what they've taken and not presuming that it is theirs for the keeping!

Now they may not be doing this on purpose but it is, as many of you would admit, quite irritating indeed.

Sadly it boils down to how shameless you can get and ask that money back from him/her!

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Illustration: Uttam Ghosh


Image: And then there are those who will happily borrow money and convinently forget about it

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Ccing your boss on EVERY single email

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Sure we understand there's a protocol in all workplaces. All official emails that need your boss to be in the know should be marked to him/her.

The operative phrase here being 'need to know'!

Imagine writing off an email to the invisible admin guy in the other end of the office about, let's say, the flickering tube light over your head and marking your boss on it.

Or then pointing out a spelling mistake in the 243'd slide of a 372-slide presentation your colleague's made AND CCing your boss on it.

Irritating enough? Get the point. So you see the boss doesn't always need to know everything. In fact the lesser he knows the better it will be for you no?

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Illustration: Uttam Ghosh


Image: You don't have to mark your boss on every email you send you know!

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Butting into conversations

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Here you are smack in the middle of an intense discussion when she strolls into the cabin and asks you for your signature to sanction an extra stock of toilet papers.

No amount of dirty looks you give such folks, this breed of people will never, ever get the point.

Try telling them never to interrupt you and be assured that the nest time they won't even if it is a matter of life and death.

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Illustration: Uttam Ghosh


Image: Some colleagues won't think twice before peeping into your cubicle even if there are others around

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Being on Facebook / Twitter / Gtalk all-the-time!

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Everyone's on some social media these days but there are those who even in the middle of a huge crisis manage to get the time to poke their friends on facebook, chat with their girlfriends/boyfriends/husbands/wives/mothers/daughters/(you get it right) on GTalk and tweet about how bored they are with life.

Much as we hate the idea of blocking these sites in office, seeing these characters makes you understand why (for once) the IT administrator is justified in doing what he did.

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Illustration: Dominic Xavier


Image: In some cases social networking has taken precendence over work

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Reporting to work late every single day / bunking often

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My grandmother is in the hospital"

"Today her sister got admitted too!"

"My mum fell down and broke her little toe"

"So did my sister!"

You get the drift right? Really, there only can be so many relatives one can bump off and injure to bunk work.

It's not like we don't understand what you're up to. So cut it out, folks!

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Illustration: Uttam Ghosh


Image: Some of us just don't run out of excuses to report to work late every day... or just bunk altogether

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Digging their noses

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Sure everyone does it once in a while. But there's a place and time, right? Not smack in the middle of a board meeting where you're digging into a plate of biscuits and snacks after you've sufficiently dug into the deep recesses of your nose.

Ew. Grose!

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Illustration: Uttam Ghosh


Image: Digging their noses

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Listening in to your telephone conversations

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So you've taken a personal call at your desk and are probably talking about how Ramaa maasi is being a pain in your cousin's neck.

After a good 15-minute talk about maasi, her family, your cousin and her girlfriend/boyfriend (who as it turns out is the bone of contention) you turn around and see your colleague staring right at you and without so much blinking an eyelid launches off: "I had the same problem "

Erm ok we know you love to share your family affairs with the world but does it look like we do too?

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Illustration: Uttam Ghosh


Image: Listening in to your telephone conversations

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Offering unwanted advice

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The t-shirt sign 'Take my advice. I don't use it anyway' applies best to these folks who think it is their moral and ethical duty to off their pearls of wisdom freely.

Make the mistake of saying something innocuous and bam! Your colleague will tell you what a fool you are and what a terrible idea it was to do whatever you did.

No stopping these folks. Really. 

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Illustration: Uttam Ghosh


Image: Whether you like it or not, some colleagues will compulsively advise you no matter what

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Gossiping

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First off, it's a myth that only women gossip. We can assure you from personal experience that men indulge in as much office gossip as the women.

Of course the kind of gossip might differ a little bit but really there isn't anything as annoying as seeing a bunch of colleagues gossiping by the coffee machine which means one of the two things: a) They're keeping you out or b) they're gossiping about you which is most annoying!

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Illustration: Uttam Ghosh


Image: Gossiping can be annoying, especially if you've been kept out of it :-)

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Getting drunk at office parties

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Sure office parties are fun! Everyone's having a great time, letting their hair down and you finally get the chance to chat up that hottie from marketing you've been eyeing for the last s-e-v-e-n months.

The sad part -- and it's really sad we think -- are those who get drunk.

Of course we do find the drunk men who dance on tables immensely funny but the ones who start hitting on women about two pegs down are the ones who deserve to smacked in the face.

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Illustration: Dominic Xavier


Image: Of course drunk people can be fun but not always

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Taking smoke/coffee breaks

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Apart from the fact that smoking is not good for your health and neither is execessive chai/coffee it simply isn't professional to disappear from your desk every half hour

Imagine you turn around to ask your colleague to take over something from you or ask him/her about the email you'd forwarded some two hours ago and you find yourself talking to an empty chair!

Half hour later you turn around again and the chair's empty again and mysteriously stays that way every time you have some work with this particular colleague.

Turns out the only time you can catch him is when s/he takes that smoke/chai break, which is basically once every 20 minutes.

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Illustration: Uttam Ghosh


Image: Disappearing from your desk inexplicable number of times isn't just inexcusable it is also annoying

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'Ony I can Do It'

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Delegating, they say, is an art that's difficult to master. It's the thin line between delegating nothing to delegating EVERYTHING that matters.

Sure we've come across bosses who like to have their minions do every single thing and scoot off home at the stroke of six.

The worse though are those who insist on having everything their way.

So even if they do assign you a task, they'll probably spend 20 minutes telling you just how you should do it, follow it up with the same long list of instructions via email and then finally a telephone call where you'll get to hear about it all over again before of course being told how you didn't get it right. Sigh!

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Illustration: Uttam Ghosh


Image: Sometimes there's no pleasing that colleague

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