10 Ways to Irritate Your Coworkers

Do you want to know how to make your coworkers hate you? Follow this advice. These are surefire ways to ensure your coworkers will look forward to the day you are gone. However, avoid these behaviors if you want to help create harmony in your workplace which, as if you didn't know, is really the better thing to do.

Talk Loudly on Your Cell Phone, Especially in the Bathroom

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Your coworkers are so interested in your cell phone conversations that they want to listen to them all the time, don't they? No, not really. Your conversations are not as entertaining to anyone else as they are to you. More importantly, they don't want to hear you talk on your phone while you are in the bathroom. It makes them uncomfortable.

Take Credit for Your Coworkers' Contributions to a Project

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When your boss congratulates you on a job well done, don't mention that you had a lot of help. Why do they need to know that, anyway? Teamwork, Shmeam work. Better to look like you did it all on your own. And, when you need some help on the next project, where do you think your coworkers will be? Not on your team.

Come to Work Sick

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If you have a cold or a stomach virus, spread it around. Your coworkers will thank you. On second thought, no they won't. Well, hopefully when they catch whatever it is you gave them, they'll have the decency to call in sick and stop spreading the illness further.

Share Everything With Your Coworkers

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Your coworkers are a curious bunch, so it is in their best interests if you tell them everything about your personal life—even if, no, make that especially if, it makes them uncomfortable. Your motto should be "too much information is never enough." When you come up for air, give some thought to the fact that oversharing can have a big impact on how others regard you. Think twice before you reveal too much.

Talk to Your Coworkers About Religion and Politics

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Ah, religion and politics...two topics about which everyone is in total agreement. Well, not exactly. Your coworkers may be very sensitive about these topics, so if you want to offend them in a hurry, make sure they know why your beliefs are the only right ones.

Tell Your Coworkers Dirty Jokes

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Everyone appreciates a good joke, right? That may be true, but while most people appreciate a good joke, many are put off by dirty jokes. It's not your problem, so keep telling those jokes, but don't be surprised if you find yourself accused of sexual harassment one day.

Spam Your Coworkers

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Forward tons of email to all your coworkers. The content doesn't matter. Send it all—chain letters, jokes, and petitions. They'll be thinking of you as they keep hitting that delete button, but not in a good way.

Chew Your Gum Loudly

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Nothing sounds as yummy as the noise made by someone cracking their chewing gum and smacking their lips. It may drive your coworkers crazy, but isn't that what you're trying to do?

Don't Carry Your Own Weight

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If you don't do your fair share of the work required by your department, your coworkers will have to pick up the slack. Don't expect them to say thanks, though. Even if they wanted to, they'll be too exhausted from doing all the work.

Talk Down to Your Coworkers

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You may feel that talking down to your coworkers will build you up, but a condescending attitude will not make you appear stronger. It will, however, make your coworkers resent you.