Beware the office loudmouth

You’re stuck there for hours every day. Sooner or later something’s bound to annoy you.

What are the things that you find most annoying at work?

This article at tells us that the most annoying thing for most of us is the office loudmouth. Do you really need to know your co-workers most intimate secrets? By the way that some people conduct their phone calls the answer is apparently, yes. When someone at the desk next to you takes a private call and then proceeds to speak quite LOUDLY and CLEARLY it’s hard not to stay up to date with things about them that you’d perhaps rather not know.

Another office annoyance is those ridiculous ringtones. OK, it was cute the first time …. maybe even the first two or three times. Now, it’s just annoying.

What are the things that cause you to foster thoughts of violence against your fellow workers? What about leaving dirty dishes in the kitchen? How about the people that put the empty milk carton back in the fridge or use up the last of the stationery without telling anyone?

What are your main workmate annoyances?

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist and blogger from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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  • Awww, yes, I had that for most of the time… The woman opposite me talked all day privately on the phone, “murmur… JA?! NE?!.. murmur… JA?!” – with every screamed “JA?!” I nearly fell off my chair, concentrating not possible. Another one ate carrots and pepper all day long with an open mouth! The last guy talked VERY loud, so loud that people from the other offices complained (he was our customer again, so .. no chance).
    Now we´re two people, quiet and friendly and it´s just great, finally! 🙂

  • I have one of those people at work. I don’t mind the fact they’re always talking, but the fact that 90% of the stuff that comes out of their mouth is foul language, crude & often degrading of the opposite sex. Why do people talk like that??

  • We have some people in my office like that too and it annoys me, especially since getting a cochlear implant almost a year ago sounds are much louder and clearer than ever before. Why do hearing people have to talk LOUD into a cellphone?