When a bunch of people work together in a shared space, team dynamics can shift at the drop of a hat because of one person’s behavior.
That being said, here’s roundup of seven ways you could be annoying your colleagues, even if no one’s told you yet.
Not responding to a coworker who just greeted you
We get it, we get it: You had a bad morning commute, so now you’re in a bad mood. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore someone who acknowledges you at work – especially when the person knows you heard them.
We also shouldn’t need to tell you that you should always greet people working in service jobs around your office, but a quick reminder can’t hurt.
Taking out your bad mood on other people
Research has found that witnessing rudeness in the morning can mess up the rest of your day, but that doesn’t make it OK to treat your colleagues as badly as you feel.
So keep your angry comments to yourself, and try not to wince every time someone greets you with the happiness and motivation that’s slipped through your fingers at the moment.
Constantly leaving a stack of papers on the printer
It’s fine if you occasionally forget to clear out a few of your papers in the nearby company printer, but what you don’t want to do is frequently leave behind sheets … and sheets … and sheets of them for everyone else to deal with. This can make it really difficult for the next person with a big printing job and a tight deadline.
Your papers, your responsibility.
Leaving food and drinks behind after meetings
The same goes for conference rooms. If you’re lucky enough to have catered food and drinks during a company meeting, you should always pick up after yourself.
Even if the cleaning staff comes by after hours, it’s never appropriate to leave waste behind. So if there’s no garbage can or recycling bin around when the meeting ends, find one. Make their jobs much easier because you can.
Blasting loud music though your headphones
If everyone around you can hear what you’re listening to at work, there’s a problem.
How are people supposed to get the silence they need to work when all they can hear is the latest album you’ve been obsessing over on repeat? Open office plans don’t always make this feasible.