There are typically annoying pet peeves and bothersome peeve-makers everyone experiences in the workplace. Unless you’re the big boss and can do something positive to stop them, you must deal with the offenses yourself.
Some typical pet peeves and peeve-makers you can do something about may include:
1. The borrower: You’re familiar with the this unwelcome character’s routine. Hey, can you lend me a 20 till payday? Uh, while you’re getting yours, could you bring me a coffee, black with two sugars, and a cherry danish? Sorry to bother you, pal, but my computer is down; could I borrow yours so I can get the latest scores from the ballpark? These pests never seem to be able to make it through a workday without bothering others with their sponging and self-caused troubles.
2. The infuriatingly nervous hummer and/or tapper: You’re trying to concentrate while this lamebrain is tapping a pencil endlessly on the desk or bothering everyone nearby with droolings of some mindless tune.
3. The pest who’s always late and/or bugs out early: This clever one wants you to cover for the sneaky goof-off practice, too often making you do the undone work and/or take flak from the boss.
4. The low-life snitch: The sneaky office spy is always ready to go tell tales about your misdeeds to the boss, and get lots of suck-up points at your expense.
5. The (hack, hack) smoker: Turns the office into a coughing smoke pit, always happy to share the smelly, lung-blackening habit with anyone unlucky enough to have to work nearby this obnoxiously puffing peever.
6. The unwashed: In the close confines of the workplace, there’s always the one person who has a certain air, and the air is revoltingly polluted. Give a subtle hint to the peever about bathing regularly, or if you’re ignored, don’t stand downwind of the odor.
7. The jokester: Rather than getting any productive work done, this peeve-producer is always ready with an unwelcome and unfunny practical joke at someone else’s expense.
8. The slobbering sobber: This peevish one is always looking for any shoulder to cry on, usually offering everyone a heartbreaking tale that ends with a request for a loan until payday, or a contribution to the national home for unmarried fathers.