Monster.com, the job-search website, has published a list of "10 surefire
ways to become a workplace annoyance."
"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," the site warns.
The list was prepared by Jen Star of the Jennifer Group, a New York-based
recruiting firm that specializes in placing and maintaining support staff. Among
- You're loud on the phone. Loud telephone conversations can be offensive
to your neighbors, the website says, so try to keep your voice low and even.
And keep personal calls short. "Phone fights or, worse yet, phone foreplay
can really drive one up a wall after a certain point," Star says. "Remember
that you are not in your living room."
- You're not self-reliant. In other words, you ask for help when you really
don't need it. "Giving up on the paper jam after only one try and expecting
a coworker to fix it because you know she can does not contribute to good
team spirit," Star says. She advises trying everything you can to solve
your own problem before involving somebody else.
You, um, smell. Be kind to your co-workers by remembering that your scent
is important, especially if all of you work in a small, poorly ventilated
space. For instance, don't eat eggs or onions in the office. If you smoke,
be sure you air yourself out before you walk back in the office. And go
easy on the cologne. "Fragrance is a very personal choice, so it should
be reserved for those who are close to you, not 20 yards away," Star