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Office Annoyances – Working and Playing Well Together – a tongue-in-cheek Guide

by | Nov 8, 2011

We’re all guilty of stepping on each other’s toes from time to time – often without even realizing that we’re committing an offense. I know in my case, that since I’m a bit of a wise guy verbally – I frequently taste my own shoe leather – at least metaphorically speaking. And while we try to temper our moods and be on our best behavior at work – let’s face it – we all slip at times. Some workplace inspired thoughts…

We all have our little fiefdoms – so try not to get your nose out of joint if someone trespasses into an area you deem as yours. If the intrusion truly is malicious, then by all means hit the offending party with a Taser, just keep in mind that old saying about payback…

Noise carries. I know, that sounds remarkably obvious, but think about how often we have to listen to conversations around us – be they in person or via cell phone. In fact, the advent of cell phones seems to have inspired a great many people to think that the world is their personal phone booth. (It’s like the people who pick their noses in cars – hello you’re behind GLASS)! I’ve been in the vicinity of some very personal cell-phone conversations – things that shouldn’t be discussed outside of a board room, a bedroom, or either a doctor’s or lawyer’s office. Think before you speak people!

Thinkers and thwarters. Ever notice that there seems to be two kinds of people in meetings? (Okay three – the other being those who are silent, don’t contribute and would rather be anywhere else – but we’ll focus on the first two here.) The thinkers try to solve problems, address issues and present solutions. The thwarters think every idea sucks and have a pessimistic attitude towards the topics being discussed – (and frequently life in general) without anything positive to add at all – the real Eeyore’s of the group. (We’re all doomed)! Try to be part of the solution not the problem.

Issues with personal space and communication, or as Jerry Seinfeld coined – the ‘close talker’, the ‘low talker’ and the ‘high talker’. Human beings have a hard enough time communicating with one another as it is these days without the added distractions of variances in enunciation and invasions of personal space. If you want to be understood, speak eloquently and clearly to your colleagues. And if you find that people are frequently moving back when they speak with you, either back up a bit, or try another deodorant.

I’m not a religious man, but as The Lord’s Prayer states, “…and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us…” Good advice for us all.