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Employees on Their Worst Behaviour: How to Tackle Five Annoying Office Habits

December 12, 2019

Every workplace includes people from different backgrounds with unique personalities. It’s no surprise that from time to time the behaviour of some employees may irritate their peers. When this happens, it’s not necessarily a problem, but it could be.

Whether it’s rolling their eyes when their boss is speaking or playing music without headphones, there are plenty of things employees can do to annoy their co-workers, and although these seem like minor issues, they can harm productivity if left to fester. When those annoying little things start affecting work, you need to address them, no matter how small.

A study from the University of Southern California found that one person in eight leaves an organization due to uncivil behaviour. These issues may not seem very important at the time, but the longer employees are subject to ongoing problems without a remedy, the more those problems weigh on them. These annoying encounters are bound to happen, but there are steps you can take to minimize the effect they have.

It may be difficult to identify and ultimately address annoyances, as they creep up gradually and often go undetected unless you are vigilant—but it’s that subtlety that makes them so damaging and so important to fix. Download our Guide to Annoying Workplace Habits, where we identify common annoying workplace habits and offer advice on effective responses to each.