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Cubicle Sins: 10 Coworkers Who Drive You Crazy
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Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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10/7/2014 | 2:54:51 PM
Re: Smelly food

@Lorna Garey     Sounds like sardines to me, and yeah you probably should just help the poor guy out. : ) 

Lorna Garey
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10/6/2014 | 12:41:40 PM
Smelly food
Many years ago, a coworker used to bring in the strangest food that completely stunk up the office. I'm talking some salted/preserved fish concoction that could make your eyes water. He complained that he'd really LIKE to be able to get sandwhiches from the cafeteria, but he couldn't afford it. There was serious discussion of starting a fund to pay him to buy lunch. 
Alison_Diana
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10/6/2014 | 10:59:01 AM
Re: We are All All of these.
Good point, @KMartin. And it is annoying, to have someone coughing and hacking right next to you all day, especially if it's a cold -- which IS contagious! I think we've all been in meetings, too, where someone is obviously sick as a dog and it's unclear why they dragged themselves into the office that day, especailly when you come down with the same virus a day or so later!

(Sidebar: That's one reason I'm so against schools that reward kids who have 100% attendance, finding it very hard to believe a child was never sick enough to really stay home over the course of their education.)  
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10/6/2014 | 9:24:52 AM
Re: We are All All of these.
True, but that being said, a person's illness is not a protected class against discrimination. Only certified disabilities are. And it is hard for the layman to distinguish between Cystic Fibrosis, and Tuberculosis, for which OSHA now requires safetly posters  to be displayed in the workplace. So, someone's chronic coughing could be grounds for dismissal, with the company having legal grounds to protect its workers and workplace. The "cougher" would have no recourse, unless it was a work-related injury, which is doubtful.
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10/6/2014 | 9:11:14 AM
Re: We are All All of these.
In defense of the hacking cougher (which isn't me and I've worked remotely for the past 15+ years), sometimes coughs are not contagious. They are symptomatic of a bigger condition like cystic fibrosis or cancer. So, not to be a Debbie Downer (!), but we need to recognize that someone who's always coughing isn't necessarily coming to work when sick with something they can spread to colleagues. They may be coming to work with a cough because that's the only way they CAN come to work. 
Technocrati
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10/5/2014 | 10:34:49 PM
Re: What about "open" offices?
@Thomas So true. I have yet to work in such an environment, and never a fan of the cubical - I agree it doesn't sound so bad compared to the nouveau alternative.
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10/5/2014 | 6:34:58 AM
IT and the Helpdesk
IT is a large field and it is impossible for professionals to know about every product, software and solution. However, if an individual works in IT, uses a Samsung/Android smart phone, it's automatically assumed that they have the same level of technical knowledge of iOS phones as well.

I think the key is effective communication. Professionals should share with their coworkers the skillsets that they have gained and learn about the skillsets of their coworkers. This would help limit the helpdesk problem as well as make the business function efficiently, since everyone would have a complete picture of the requirement of the business function.
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10/5/2014 | 1:28:43 AM
We are All All of these.
These are spot on, because we all do some of this. And it is these traits that are used as weapons, both for and against us, depending on how much we are liked or dislike someone else. For example, my supervisor sold Avon from her desk, openly. No one complained because she was blond and had a great body. The whiner isn't so bad when it is your drinking buddy complaining about his hangover from drinking at your place the night before. The paranoid neurotic is your poker buddy, and he's really good. The hacking cougher wouldn't be there if he wasn't the momma's boy playboy who all the girls adore and say BLESS YOU really loud in unison everytime he sneezes. You starting to see my point? All of these ARE THE traits of all of us at the office, it is just who gets busted down for them and who gets promoted for them. They are like poker chips in our stack.
Shane M. O'Neill
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10/3/2014 | 5:55:00 PM
Funny and spot on
Haha. I've experienced every type listed here, and apologies if I've ever been one of them. Nobody's perfect.

I would add "The Ghost" -- that mysterious person in the office who never speaks to anyone and who's actual job is unclear.
Thomas Claburn
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10/3/2014 | 4:35:53 PM
What about "open" offices?
It's even worse when you don't have cubical to protect you. 


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