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Knuckle cracking..flipflops..etc...
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Knuckle cracking..flipflops..etc...

Knuckle cracking..flipflops..etc...

(OP)
The list of annoying things my co-workers do is near endless. Constant knucle-cracking by one is driving me up the freaking wall...and HOW did it become acceptable to wear flipflops to work? ..people screaming in the computer room..sounds like they're watching a football game..people that spit when they talk..people that never STOP talking...others that pound away on their keyboards all day like they're writing a novel...one person PRINTS freakin EVERYTHING she does...(WHY??) I'm going inSANE here.

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There, there.... take a deep breath.  Relax.  Some people will always be annoying.  Bring in an mp3 player and headsets to work.  Even if you don't turn the mp3 player on, putting the headsets on can block out a lot of the surrounding noise.  

The flip-flops are management's problem.  So are the football game watchers.  And the printer person may have been stung in the past by not having documentation, or some other reason.  Or maybe they're just wacko.  Again, deep breaths.  When things get too bad, get up, take a break, get a soda.  This too shall pass.

Susan
"Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.
Then, when you criticize them, you are a mile away ...
and you have their shoes."

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If you haven't seen it yet, watch the movie "2012".  Then repeat to yourself "it's just a little while longer, it's just a little while longer..." ROFL

Jeff
It's never too early to begin preparing for International Talk Like a Pirate Day
"The software I buy sucks,  The software I write sucks.  It's time to give up and have a beer..." - Me

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Sounds like it's time for a vacation or a new job.
 

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what about the people who ask "how are you" then preceed to give you play by play word for word how they last 24 hours of their life had been....

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Oh yeah?
I have a guy in my office who chews tobacco.  Smoking is prohibited in the buildings.  And for those who don't know about chewing tobacco – after you have this 'stuff' in your mouth, you spit. You cannot spit on the floor, so he spits into the soda bottle.  Over and over and over.  I am just glad he is several cubicles away from mine, otherwise I would puke all the time.
 

Have fun.

---- Andy

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Flip-flops are prohibited around here, even on casual Fridays (when we relax the dress code just a bit to allow denim slacks and athletic shoes).

T-shirts are verboten at all times.

On point, I might suggest that you get a good pair of noise-cancelling earphones, and use them. Ignore the office knuckleheads unless you have to deal with theem for work-related issues.

Other people's shortcomings are not your problem. Don't let it get to you. You will be happier and more productive; trust me.

And Now, For Something Completely Different - The Dilbert classic:
Casual Day Has Gone Too Far

-- Francis
Et cognoscetis veritatem, et veritas liberabit vos.

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Andy,

That is nasty. It smells horrible, it looks horrible, it's a horrible thing to be doing at the office.

Did I say it's horrible? It's HORRIBLE!

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(OP)
Oh I almost forgot...aquaman...dude drinks 10 bottles of water a day..gluggluggluglgugglugglug...all the freakin time..sounds like a freakin fish tank. Then there's perpetual coughing girl, who also happens to have a voice like metal fingernails on a chalkboard. And we can't forget the HUMAN SUBWOOFER. Whatever happened to WALLS???

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I assure you that your coworkers find something annoying about what you do as well.

You have to learn to tolerate others in the workplace. Walls aren't coming back anytime soon.

This is your problem and only you can fix it, don't expect other people to change, the only person whose actions you can control is yourself. So learn to accept differences and learn to tolerate noise. Who cares if someone is wearing flip flops, how does that hurt you in any way shape or form?  

"NOTHING is more important in a database than integrity." ESquared
 

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Agreed about tolerance... but... the tobacco story... ugh, I feel ill just thinking about it!

Annihilannic.

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The tobacco story reminded me of a situation once.  In my first job, they passed some regulation regarding tobacco usage and it invariably pissed off a certain crowd.  In response they would walk around the building with cigarettes tucked behind their ear - making a visual statement.  I suggested to one of the guys that they go get some coke syrup and carry around a cup with some in it like it is their spittoon.  Then when they walk by upper management, sniff the contents of the cup, shrug, swallow some, and wait for the reaction.

Where I am at now, we have one guy that has taken to constantly cracking his chewing gum, all day long.  I have been thinking about leaving chewed pieces of gum lying around in places for others to step in and then planting blame on him as he is the only gum chewer in the area.

 

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I agree, tobacco chewing is disgusting.  But when I was in 8th grade I actually had a teacher who chewed tobacco in class and kept a spittoon by his desk.  Man, have the times changed.

Though I do recall a contract job that I had back in 2000 for a law firm where the lawyers and their secretaries were permitted to smoke at their desks.  It totally blew my mind that at that time there were still workplaces where this was permitted, let alone at a place where they understood concepts like liability so well.  Maybe nobody ever wanted to sue a law firm?

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RE: Knuckle cracking..flipflops..etc...

When I first started working was before anyplace had banned smoking. I shared a small office with thtree chain smokers whould wouldn't stop even though I have asthamand it was physically hard for me to be inthe room at all with them. I was thrilled when we finally banned smoking in offices.

"NOTHING is more important in a database than integrity." ESquared
 

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I have to give a start to Andy for the worst story yet.

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Thanks tcsbiz, but I did not want to compete with pgmr777 and the flipflops.....

smile

Have fun.

---- Andy

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Oh yeah?  I work with some people that haven't been watching LOST!  Ahhyeeeahhhhhh......
ROFL

Jeff
It's never too early to begin preparing for International Talk Like a Pirate Day
"The software I buy sucks,  The software I write sucks.  It's time to give up and have a beer..." - Me

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I have to fess up. I have been enjoying this thread. It's really interesting and sometimes humorous to find out what annoys people.

The fessing-up part... I do have walls. I have an office with a door and I can isolate myself from the gum chewers, the flip flop wearers, the tobacco chewers, the singers, the loud talkers, and anyone else who may be annoying.

pacman ... in honor of Pacman's 30th birthday.

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I once worked under a loser who smoked and chewed tobacco.

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This is what I call a funny thread! If only I could wear flip-flops at the office ...

Cheers,
Dian

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I tend to go barefoot in the office. In fact, we don't havea a dress-sown day - occassionally we have a 'dress-up' day.

I do have my own office though, so la, but I very rarely actually put shoes on to walk around.

Fee

"The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea." Isak Dinesen

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The last time I worked in a cube farm, an ice chewer made life difficult at times.

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In the job previous to this one, I had an office with walls and a door.  I also had an R&D lab in a desperate building with a semi private bathroom, I could control the heat and A/C or open all the doors and windows, I had cable modem internet with no firewalls or net-nanny programs.  On a nice spring day I would open the doors and play internet radio on whatever I felt like.

I gave all that up for what appeared to be a better job and wound up a troglodyte, er... in an effing cube and it sucks.
  

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Well Noway2, the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, then you get over the fence and – it a not grass, it is... compost.

Have fun.

---- Andy

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In our IT dept we have sounds for all the annoying people and things. Such as when someone walks into an office and closes the door we play the mission impossible theme. When the over achiever walks through we play either Hail to the chief or the Mighty mouse theme song.
What I am saying is come up with something humorous to wash away the annoyingness (is that a word?) of it all. The days go by better and you get a laugh at thier expense.

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I have a sound for you to play for the "coughing girl", Black Sabbath's Sweat Leaf

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Talking about annoying sounds  - most of the people in my office have cell phones (I don't).  I always thought the purpose of owning the cell is 'to be always available to answer it.  Some people leave their phones at their desks and... disappear for long time (not necessarily to meetings).  The phone rings and rings, and as probably most of you know – more often than not it is a very annoying, LOUD, obnoxious sound.

There are some 'desks' where an occupant is gone often, with the cell phone on the top of the desk, and the children (I assume...) start to call.  Cell phone rings for a while until the voice mail kicks in, then the 'regular' phone rings 4 times, the voice mail kicks in, then the cell rings....  And that could go for 15 minutes or so: cell phone, desk phone, cell phone, desk phone...

The other day I was helping somebody at her desk, her cell phone was set to 'vibrate' and laying on her desk.  In about an hour I was at her cubicle, her cell phone vibrated every 2 – 3 minutes.  I would go mad if that would be my workplace, and I am a very quiet person.  How can you do anything when you HAVE to be answering the (private) cell phone every 2 minutes?
 

Have fun.

---- Andy

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We have the same thing here.  Yes it is very annoying.  What I don't get is what makes these callers think that if one phone is not being answered why calling another one and going back and forth is going to make their target magically appear and take their call.  Leave a message, that is what voice mail was meant for.

I feel compelled to point out that this behavior isn't limited to just personal calls.  The same thing happens with the office phones and employees.  If someone doesn't answer or isn't there, they proceed to call again, again, and again or start going around the room trying to find someone who is there and will answer.

 

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I cannot tell if it's better to have to hear the cell ringing or to have to hear the owner shouting at it, moving his arms and sharing with everyone his "private" conversation with, let's say, his insurance company.

Cheers,
Dian

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I believe (in Europe in some countries) you can purchase a small gizmo that blocks a cell phone signal in a radius of several meters.  And I think such equipment is illegal here where I live (US).  But one can dream....  smile
 

Have fun.

---- Andy

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Andy, you are correct. In the US, you cannot actively interfere with any radio signal (that is, you can't use an active jammer), but you can block the signal within a building passively by shielding the building. This is prohibitively expensive to retrofit older buildings, though.  

-- Francis
Et cognoscetis veritatem, et veritas liberabit vos.

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We have manufacturing / shop floor employees going into the office restrooms and using the stalls as a place to hide and hold their "private" conversations.  I find this not only distasteful, but rude.
 

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In my opinion rest rooms are the only places (indoors) where flatulence is accepted (without the expression: "pull my finger....").  This along with loud toilet flushing noises should send the appropriate message to the cell phone call recipient

Have fun.

---- Andy

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Andrzejek: You certainly can buy signam blockers in the UK. I have one myself. We also have designated 'quiet' train carrages where mobiles should not be used. I have been known to use the signal blocker in just such a carriage..

Fee

"The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea." Isak Dinesen

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That's going to be on my Christmas list from Santa Clause this year:
  • Cell phone signal blocker (with 'get out of jail' card for using it in US), and
  • Missile launcher attached to my car so I can blast off the road those drivers who run red lights and stop signs while on cell phone.

Have fun.

---- Andy

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Usually if someone walks by my desk with loud flip flops, I'll mimick their steps, saying "flip flop flip flop flip flop" as they go by. Doesn't really accomplish anything, but it's good for a laugh.

Noway2, we used to have the same problem at my plant with "private" phone calls, until we ended up having to fire someone after their highly detailed risque conversation was overheard by a visitor. Put a stop to that in a hurry.

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I'm reminded of a funny story.

I was at work and one of the supervisors came up to me, essentially to vent about a bad day he was having.  He went on for about 5 minutes about everything that was going wrong, who was being a dipstick, etc.

I looked at him, and said "Well, it could be worse.  At least you didn't wear slippers to work today."

He looked down at my feet; see, I had gotten up and got dressed, slipped on my slippers to go out on the back deck and have a smoke, and forgot to put on my shoes before heading out the door to work.

He busted out laughing; it totally made his day.

 

Just my 2¢

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ROFL

Susan
You can have it all.  You just can't have it all at once.

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Hmm, they weren't pink bunny slippers were they?

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pgmr777-get some therapy. Maybe you should just do some yoga now and then. If you are going to complain about these things, then find your own soundproof workplace.

Now that we humans have been removed from the wild, we no longer know how to be quiet. In the wild, making noise increased your chances of being eaten. Observe how "primitive" walk, you can't hear them at all.

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I love people who are so laid back that nothing ever fazes or annoys them.

Personally I think that if you need to have a rant about something, it relieves the stress far better than therapy or yoga!

It is time for pacifists to stand up and fight for their beliefs.

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Am I the only person who gets an uncontrollable urge to crack their knuckles when reading this thread?

"Your rock is eroding wrong." -Dogbert

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Sha - Nope!

Well, I've moved back to an open-plan office, and actually I really quite like it.

Fee

"The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea." Isak Dinesen

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