It is critical in your workplace that you maintain a harmonious and peaceful working relationship with your colleagues, stakeholder and manager.

One of the main ways that which you can achieve this is by being aware things that will irritate those around you.

Here under are 10 things that will annoy your colleagues especially if done consistently:


Truthfully, your coworkers do not need to know each and every single detail of your life. Your life does not need to be an open book. So be mindful of sharing information that is irrelevant to the job that you do.

I am not saying that you cannot make great friends at work, but be careful that you are not revealing details of yourself that can impact your career and your growth within the company.

Reporting Every Matter To The Boss

Your colleagues will be annoyed if you are a talebearer that is reporting every matter to the boss. While there will be matters that require escalation, there are others that you may be able to handle in your role professionally and discreetly. This includes sending every email to colleagues copied to the manager.

Therefore, do everything in your power to work along with your colleagues without the boss. Where there are differences, do everything in your power to resolve the matter with the colleague as opposed to bringing the issue to the manager.

Always remember that at the end of the day you need to work with the colleague. You may choose to escalate a small issue that your boss may blow out of proportion. If this issue results in disciplinary action such as a warning letter or unpaid leave, you may end up with sour relationship between you and your colleague which can make your work environment uncomfortable. Therefore, do everything that you can do to get along with the colleague.

There is a bible verse in Matthew chapter 18 verses 15 and 16 that states moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

Not Pulling Your Weight

If you have developed a habit of not pulling your weight, your colleagues may be resentful.

Therefore, ensure and exercise the highest degree of professionalism in your role. In addition, try to be the best team player that you can be.

You can do this by being considerate, providing extra support when you can and being mindful of those who depend on your support in order to complete their tasks.

Always Requiring Time Off

Be conscious that you are not always asking for time off on the job. This is important when another colleague is expected to cover your role while you have personal time.

Remember, the colleague who is relieving you still has his/her responsibilities. Constantly covering your role may mean that the other individual need to work extended hours to ensure that his/her duties are satisfied.

Therefore, schedule your personal errands during your break time or during your free time to ensure that you are not placing too much burden on your colleagues to cover your role often.


Spreading negative information about another colleague at the office is a definite no. Therefore, you should watch carefully for colleagues who have a negative story to share about others. Avoid spending excessive amount of time with them as you may be labeled as a gossiper.

Take special care in what you share about yourself as well lest you become the subject of gossip around the office. Gossip can have a negative impact to your work environment and may decrease team motivation and morale.

Giving Unsolicited Advice

Are you someone who likes to give others advice when they have not asked for it? This practice may make your colleagues resent you as generally people do not appreciate unwanted feedback.

Avoid being pushy and nosy and only share your advice to your co-workers who require your help.

Extra Long Breaks

If you are a colleague that spends excessive time on lunch or during breaks then your co-workers may be resentful. Be aware of this especially when you are working in a group and a colleague has to cover your role while you are on break.

If you are in a customer facing role and you are required to work at a particular time, then ensure that you are there before the time to set up and be ready for your first customer.

A colleague will cover for you for so long and no more. Therefore, confirm to business policy as it relates to your breaks and be considerate if you have a colleague who needs to cover while you are out.

Too Many Meetings

Your coworkers will get upset if you are running a project and you are having several meetings.

Excessive meetings reduce productivity and many individuals may have to spend more time at work or take shorter breaks to ensure and meet the required deadlines. Therefore, plan and execute meetings that are necessary and effective.

Constant Complaining

Nobody likes to be around someone who has a negative outlook on everything. Finding fault with everything will definitely irritate those around you.

Constant complaining about the company, the culture, colleagues, your manager and the CEO will not make you well-liked by your colleagues.

Wearing Strong Fragrances

While maintaining great hygiene is of paramount importance wearing strong fragrances to work can annoy your colleagues.

Be aware that there may be colleagues who may be allergic to the strong odor and scents which could make them sick.

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Final Thoughts

Hope you found this list of 10 things that could annoy your coworkers useful. You and I should keep these in mind when in the workplace.

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