When starting a new job, your top priority should be to learn how to do the responsibilities of the role as quickly as possible. But when it comes to setting yourself up for success in the long term, you’ll also want to start developing relationships with your coworkers. You don’t necessarily need to become best friends with everyone at the office, you just don’t want to get on anyone’s bad side. Avoid doing the things on this list and you can significantly decrease the chances of being that person in the office everyone hates.
1. Ask Too Many Questions
If you don’t know how to do something, then by all means ask your coworkers. It’s better to ask and get it done right than to guess and do it wrong. This holds true especially for new employees. Sure, some people may be slow learners, but as time goes on, you should be able to learn how to do it on your own. After all that’s why they hired you. If you continuously ask your coworkers the same questions without any indication that you’re at least trying to learn the tasks, then expect them to get annoyed or just stop responding. Every time you ask them a question, they have to stop what they’re doing to answer you, so too many questions a day is a sure fire way to be hated.
Bonus Points if you ask multiple coworkers the same question at the same time and then respond to their answers with “Thanks but Ashley already answered”
2. Cause a big stink…Literally
You may consider the office your home away from home, but it’s not. This is a community space that you share with other people who did not choose to live with you and are only putting up with you for the paycheck. The quickest way to annoy your new roommates is by exposing them to strong unnecessary smells. This includes microwaving fish in the kitchen, burning exotic candles and incense, or taking off your shoes to release that cloud of pungent foot odor. Keep your shoes on, leave the fish in the sea, and candles are a fire hazard. Avoid making a stink to stay off the office hit list.
3. Start an Outbreak
The company gave you sick days, so if you’re feeling sick, use them. Most people don’t mind taking sick days, but they don’t actually want to be sick when they take them. They’d much rather use their sick days for some Ferris Bueller’s Day Off shenanigans. Germs spread like wild fire in the office, so coming in with a cold is a death sentence for your coworkers. Introduce the plague to the office and everyone will avoid you like one.
4. CC Everyone including the Boss
Everyone in the office is busy, or at least pretending to be. The last thing they want is more emails, especially those that don’t pertain to them. CC’ing the office on too many emails they don’t need to read is the easiest way to get on the SPAM list. Adding the boss on too many emails also makes you look like a snitch, and no one likes a snitch.
5. Sleep Around
When you spend all that time with your coworkers, you’re bound to establish some personal relationships. Some may even evolve into romantic relationships. Interoffice relationships are very common and, depending on where you work, perfectly acceptable. That being said, if you start hooking up with multiple people, you will no doubt draw too much negative attention your way. First, you become branded as a whore, which doesn’t sound too bad but could seriously hurt your reputation. You also introduce the risk of turning coworkers against each other (if they develop feelings for you) and as a result turning their friends and other coworkers against you. Not to mention you’ve now ruined the environment at work causing the manager to get involved, so now they hate you, too. All you wanted to do was have some fun and now you’re F*cked.
Want to avoid screwing your way into exile, then check out our previous post about the Rules of Engagement: Sleeping with a Coworker
6. Annoying Habits
This is hard to avoid since most times you don’t even know you’re doing it, but if it’s annoying enough, your coworkers will let you know. We had a guy in our office who constantly tapped his feet. It’s not that big of a deal but we hated him for it (yeah people are ruthless). Some other examples include biting your nails, clicking your pen, or cracking your knuckles. If it seems like an annoying habit to you, then just know it drives your coworkers absolutely bonkers.