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10 Ways You're Annoying Your Coworkers

Steve Berman

Annoyance No. 6: Frequent Forwards

Every once in a while a funny video clip or link to an interesting story can be a welcome break from the workday. However, there’s a limit to how much people can take. If you’re forwarding one or more emails a day to several people in the office about things that aren’t work-related, you’re probably driving everybody crazy.

A never-ending stream of emails containing funny links or (even worse) solicitations for donations to some cause may be interesting or important to you, but they only give your coworkers the impression that you’re goofing off on company time. And if you ever get tempted to send an email to a coworker that is even close to NSFW, don’t click “send” under any circumstances.

Annoyance No. 7: Constant Complaints

People need to vent sometimes, and work is called “work” for a reason. But if you spend an inordinate amount of time airing your work (or life) grievances to anyone who’ll listen, you’re not going to succeed in making things better. You’ll only succeed in bumming everyone out and earning the label of a malcontent.

Remember, just because the person you’re complaining to doesn’t say anything, that doesn’t mean he or she agrees with you. They’re probably just hoping you’ll finish complaining soon, or leave the company already.

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