Annoying coworkers. We all have them. Sure, some are worse than others, but no matter where you work, they’re always there, driving you a little crazy. It could be the woman who won’t stop talking about all the cute things her kids do. Or the girl who obsesses over her cats…and cat pictures. Or the guy who spends most of his day on the phone discussing his time playing World of Warcraft (whatever that is).
I was used to the ones in my old office. I could easily tune out the girl who talked in a baby voice or the woman who counted every calorie everyone in the office ate. But now that I’m in a new office, I’m experiencing a whole new world of people’s quirks.
It hit me when I was sitting at my desk last week listening to my coworker blast another loud, screaming, angry heavy metal song. I mentally started ticking off the annoyances I’ve tried to ignore over my first few months and wondered how the heck I hadn’t really noticed them before.
Sure, there are the normal annoyances, like the nose-whistling breathers or the tuna salad aficionados (sick). And I honestly thought the coworker who constantly talked about her beloved pet rats was the worst offender. But then one day (and many after), I overheard two women swapping their hunting stories, complete with excessively graphic details. At the mere mention of “kill shots” and “gutting”, I went running out of my cube. I’m a city girl, thankyouverymuch. And I don’t want to hear about how you gunned down Bambi’s mom over the weekend (sob).
And I’m not saying I’m not the annoying coworker to someone else. I'm sure I am. I always feel so guilty when I bring an apple to eat. There’s no way to cut it, so I have to eat it straight up and I feel like every bite echoes like a gunshot across the office. Whoops.
So originally I was going to write this post about how avoid/deal with/rise above annoying coworkers. But where’s the fun in that? We all have our stories, so why not share them here? Hearing about other people’s obnoxious coworkers might make ours look a little less annoying. So let’s help each other commiserate.
And in the meantime, check out Annoying Coworker to read other people’s office rants. They’re quite funny. And they definitely make you feel a lot better about your own annoying coworkers.