You spend the majority of your waking hours at your place of work and it comes as no surprise that we can become slightly agitated by certain habits conducted by our colleagues. Don’t get us wrong, the majority of us like who we work with. In fact, a study conducted by Comparably that surveyed 30,000 workers found that having friends at work makes you seven times more likely to be engaged at your job.
“One of the most important things to have in the workplace is a close relationship,” Comparably CEO Jason Nazar tells CNBC, “so very often the largest source of stress for people is a boss, co-worker or the day-to-day pressures of work.”
A big part of many jobs is to collaborate effectively with others. That’s tough to do if your colleagues and supervisors find you irritating. And it’s easier than you might think to rub people the wrong way, even when you’re sitting at your desk minding your own business. You may not realise it, but there’s a good chance you’re doing at least one thing that drives your co-workers nuts.
Are you guilty of engaging in any of these insanity-inspiring habits at work?
1. Workplace jargon
Are you guilty of using buzz phrases like ‘agility’, ‘going forward’ ‘ best practice’ and ‘bandwidth’ in everyday conversation? Well stop it as colleagues find it arrogant.
2. Dominating conversation
It’s important to let others have their voice heard without disruption or being shouted down. You may have a lot to say but take a step back and let other people have a chance.
3. Being a slob
We appreciate that when you are busy, that our desks can become a sight for sore eyes with left over lunch and mountains of paperwork – however, some workers take their relaxed workplace attitude too far. If you find that your mess is spilling into other peoples’ workspaces, then you need to radically change your habit to respect those around you. This is the same for toilets and shared kitchens.
It goes without saying that you should not gossip at work as a rumour can spread like wild fire in a workplace environment. It is extremely unprofessional to discuss the business of others in the workplace, and if you find it hard to toe the line between being social and gossiping, it may be best to avoid both.
5. Poor time management
You may believe that poor time management only affects your work, but poor timekeeping can impact others as they have to rearrange around you or wait for you to arrive. It is important that when working as a team, that you are a team player and turn up promptly to all meetings.