9 habits that drive your co-workers crazy

Do you pepper conversations with clichés, turn simple emails into never-ending email chains or schedule unnecessary conference calls? If so, you’re probably irritating your co-workers.

1. Whistling

The workplace isn’t a concert hall. If your lips are constantly piping out show tunes, theme songs or pop melodies, you’re sure to annoy more than a few people. Lauren Zarzour, senior digital strategist for Vert, explains why:

2. Turning one message into a never-ending email chain

Have you ever received an email that quickly evolved into an inclusionary monster? Wayne Duan, director of digital commerce retail products for Walgreens.com and Drugstore.com, discusses when the CC button turns ugly:

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3. Using the word “like”

Like, are you ever stuck in an important conversation with, like, a person who can’t, like, stop saying “like?” Damon Davoudpour, director of marketing at Shoney’s Restaurants, can relate. Here’s, like, his take on it:

4. Not cleaning up your messes

The office kitchen belongs to everyone in the organization-not just you. Denise Zimmerman, president and chief strategy officer at Netplus, explains why leaving the kitchen messy is the ultimate pet peeve:

5. Not using headphones

These days many offices are open, creative workspaces. Fortunately, headphones exist. Unfortunately, not everyone got the memo. Dustin Engel, head of analytics and data activation at PMG Advertising Agency, doesn’t want to hear your music. Here’s why:

6. Scheduling unnecessary conference calls

Email exists because we’re all busy and need to concentrate. Scheduling too many calls (and then shooting the breeze when you’re on them) occurs far too often. Ryan Holiday, a leading media strategist and writer, explains why this sin must stop:

7. Not hitting deadlines

People expect you to keep your promises. If you miss a deadline, you’re proving you can’t keep a promise—especially if you aren’t up front about why you were late. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, explains why this is annoying:

8. Overusing corporate clichés

“Let’s offline this, table that, run this up the flagpole …” To say workers are overusing corporate language these days is an understatement. Tara Vollmert leads shopper and predictive insights for The Clorox Co., and she explains why the excessive use of mumbo jumbo must end:

9. Relying on internal lingo

Everyone loves a good buzzword, but when you pepper otherwise straightforward conversation with unnecessary lingo, you become a bore. Kimberly Ruthenbeck, director of Web customer experience for Room & Board, discusses this pet peeve:

David Zaleski is media production manager at iMedia Connection, where a version of this article originally appeared.

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