Every office has a worker that would fail every office etiquette rule you threw their way. From time management issues to pure inconsiderateness, the person could tick off even a Sunday school teacher with the patience of Job. Here’s some characteristics that may sound familiar:
- “Fantastic! We got the project that I originated! This is my baby.” Yes, in the staff meeting you casually suggested it; however, you did no research, no development, no planning and did not take part in the sales pitch to the client. Thank you for all of your hard work, bozo!
- “AaaaaaCHO! I’m sick, but I’m still here!” This person feels that the office will not survive without them, so they are here every day. Even with the flu. Even with 4 feet of snow outside.
- “Let me tell you about my cousin’s best friend’s niece who failed the bar exam five times!” They share everything with everyone who will listen. From doctor’s appointments to tire changes, their life is an open, narrated, and fully illustrated book.
- SPAM When they finally do sit down to their computer, they spam you at least once an hour with an email that is “too good to resist!” You receive emails with cute puppies, strange buildings, ancient Chinese chain letters that will bring you lifetime misfortune is you don’t forward and of course the endless blonde jokes. Ha-ha.
Sure, we all can be politically incorrect at times; however, most of us know when to reel ourselves in when we have been a bit over zealous. So what do you do when Mr. Un-office etiquette heads your way? Run for cover! While that may not always work, it sure does help sometimes. If you consistently back away from this beast, outside of work discussion, he’ll get the picture and move on to the next unsuspecting soul.
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