Since graduating from college, I’ve been blessed to steadyemployment. No lay-offs or big gaps between jobs. The checks have been rolling in and pay has increased considerably. Good stuff. That’s the only thing that motivates me to walk in this piece everyday. Money and bills. Please believe if I was okay with being an unemployed bum, I wouldn’t be here now. There are too many things that annoy me about the workplace, but I’ll just share five of them. Shall we?
1. Walking into my office unannounced. This is a major pet peeve, folks. At one job, I had a pretty large office considering I was low on the totem pole. It didn’t have a door though, so I called it my Oversized Cubicle. There was no door to knock on, therefore, there was nothing but space and opportunity for co-workers to worry me. Now, I have a door, but it doesn’t mean a thing. People just walk right in. It drives me crazy.
2. Talking me to death as soon as I get in the office. I’m not a morning person. Never have been, possibly never will be. By the time I get to work, my nerves are most likely shot from the traffic or having to take the trek from my parking garage to the building. I try to give myself atleast 15 minutes to regroup and look at my tasks for the day. Without fail, someone hits me with that yada-yada as soon as my foot crosses the threshold. Yes, I know I’m paid to work, and I should be ready for anything that comes my way, but can I atleast get my coat off first? Secondly, is what you’re speaking of really that important?…Don’t worry, I’ll wait.
3. Leaving my door opened or something undone when you leave my office. My door is closed for a reason(s). Maybe it’s just too noisy in the hall or maybe I need peace and quiet to get my work done. Most of the time, I just don’t want to be bothered (see a trend here?). It annoys me to no end when someone comes in my office for a quick question, and leaves the door wide open. I feel so out there and vunerable. Open for attack. LOL. Also, if you need something out of my office, leave things the way you found them. That’s Home Training 101.
4. Disrespecting my lunch hour. My current job doesn’t allow for quick runs to a fast food joint for lunch. It takes forever to get to my car and back. By the time I get to my destination, half of my lunch hour is gone. For that reason, I often eat at my desk (we don’t have a breakroom. Sigh). If it’s anywhere between 12 p.m.-2 p.m., if I have food on my desk, that probably means I’m “out” to lunch. Don’t ask me to do anything that requires immediate attention. If I were actually away from my desk, would it really be that urgent? No. Good thing I’m at peace with the fact that people want what they want when they want it. But they’ll be alright though.
5. Not serving pre-packaged food at meetings. One of my past supervisors loved to have meetings. He would have a meeting to talk about the next meeting. To keep us engaged, he would supply us with snacks. The conference table would be crowded with sandwich party platters and bowls filled with Skittles and M&Ms. Wrong move, dude. That requires me to reach my hand in the bowl for a handful of candies. Last I checked, there’s always one prick who is known for being unapologetically unsanitary. I’m not trying to see him fondle each sandwich until he finds the chicken salad. So when it comes to food in a group setting, think of it as sex and wrap it up.
There are clearly more things I can add, but I won’t. What annoys you about your job?