It’s normal that you don’t get along with every single person you work with throughout your career; workplaces are comprised of different personalities, and these conflicting personalities will often clash with one another. It just cannot be helped. But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything that can be done to avoid, or, at least, reduce the frequency of, these clashes of personality.
The first thing you need to do is take a look at yourself and identify any behaviors that may be irritating the people you work with without you even realizing it, and then try to fix those bad habits.
Do your coworkers hate you? If you can relate to any of the following 11 behaviors, then they probably do.
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1. You Have Bad E-mail Etiquette
Are you known as the office’s “ALL CAPS GUY”? Do you bury important information in the fourth paragraph? CC people for no apparent reason? Often mark e-mails as “urgent” that are the complete opposite of urgent? Then you have a problem with e-mail etiquette. It’s the 21st century, meaning computers and e-mail have become an integral part of our jobs; in other words, you have no excuse doing any of these things when shooting out e-mails to coworkers, your boss, or worse: clients.
2. You’re a Slob
Not everyone is the kind of clean freak that Monica Geller from Friends is, and no one expects you to be either. Being a little messy or a tad unorganized never hurt anyone, but if your cubicle looks like it hasn’t been cleaned since the “Macarena” topped the charts in 1996, well, you’ve rightfully earned yourself the title of “Office Slob”. Keep your office in a habitable condition, and whatever you do, don’t be the guy that leaves dirty dishes in the communal sink. Nobody likes that guy.
3. You Brag
Do you feel the need to constantly tell everyone just how well you’re doing financially? Let them know about every big deal you close?Remind them how much the boss loves you? Tell people how big and expensive your car and house are at every opportunity? Do yourself a favor, and just stop.
4. You Take Too Many Sick Days
Let’s face it: we’ve all called in sick on a Friday morning when we were feeling perfectly fine; we just wanted to spend the day lazing around, sleeping, binge-watching Game of Thrones, and avoiding annoying clients and micromanaging bosses. But when you regularly call in sick, you’re basically playing with fire, and you run the risk of being slapped in the face with a pink slip.
5. You Overshare
They say that sharing is caring; oversharing, on the other hand, is careless – especially in the workplace. Nobody wants to know about the number of women you’ve slept with or the fact that you got thrown out a club on Saturday night for stripping down to your birthday suit and dancing to Psy’s “Gangnam Style.” It’s inappropriate, unprofessional, and it’s just too much information that you’re better off keeping to yourself.
6. You're Always Late
We’re all late to work sometimes, whether because we slept through our alarm, we were stuck in traffic, or our train was delayed. These kinds of things happen, and they’re often out of our control – it’s called life. But, if you’re late to work on a daily basis, and if you’re late for just about everything else (like turning up for meetings, turning in important reports, and returning to work after your lunch break), then it’s safe to assume you’re not the most popular person in the office. In fact, 80% of your coworkers hate you for being late for everything all the time.
7. You Complain All the Time
It’s human nature to complain. It’s also human nature to hate someone who complains about everything all the time: an overwhelming workload, a broken coffee machine, a smelly coworker, your uncomfortable chair, a noisy workmate… The company might want to consider creating a complaints department just for you!
8. You're a Disgusting Eater
Chances are your mother told you to chew your food with your mouth closed, and those table manners apply in the workplace, too. Many of us – 80% of us, to be precise – tend to eat at our desks during our lunch break because we’re so swamped with work, but doing so causes greater fatigue and lowers productivity. It also annoys your neighbors, especially if you’re a loud eater, or you tend to eat smelly foods like fish.
9. You Steal Credit
Let’s say you’ve been working on a project with Hannah. Both you and Hannah have put in the same amount of time and hard work into the project and have come up with a solution together that will save your company a lot of time and money. You present your ideas to your boss, but you’ve somehow managed to take all the credit. Even if it was unintentional, it can quickly sour your relationship with Hannah and go on to make you some kind of monster. Make sure credit is given where due by correcting your boss’ error, especially if Hannah was the one who did most of the work.
10. You Gossip
Gossiping at work is, essentially, your first-class ticket to HR. After all, talking behind someone’s back is one of the workplace’s seven deadliest sins for a reason. Not only does it make you look petty and untrustworthy, but it also fosters a toxic workplace.
11. You’re all Work and No Play
You don’t necessarily have to become best buddies with your workmates, but making an effort to spend time with them outside of work can do you – and your career – wonders. It will strengthen your relationships with the people you spend almost nine hours a day with and that, in turn, just might help you get that promotion you’ve had your eye on. It is, therefore, extremely important that you make it a point to attend work gatherings and other company-related events every so often.
Can you relate to any or all of these things? What coworker behavior drives you crazy? Tell us in the comments section below!