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Do You Have Annoying Employees?


Do You Have Annoying Employees?

Maybe it's the changing season, but I have had several emails in the past week about how to hold difficult conversations with annoying employees.

You know the employees I mean. Perhaps she has bad breath. Perhaps he needs to bathe more often. Maybe, she clicks her teeth all day long and is driving her coworkers crazy. Maybe she talks too loudly on the phone all day. Escalating a bit...

Perhaps your annoying employee talks over other people in meetings and becomes defensive when called on the behavior by coworkers. Possibly, she hums in her cubicle or plays music much too loudly. Or, she wears so much cologne that you can smell her coming when she hits the door. I've had to address all of these situations and more with annoying employees.

Annoying Employees at HR Morning

Here's a bonus from HR Morning about annoying employees. They cite a poll from Opinion Research that queried 1,800 people about the habits of coworkers that respondents found most annoying. The people interviewed said these behaviors annoyed them the most:

  • Grumpy or moody co-workers (37%).
  • Gossipers (19%).
  • The use of jargon (18%).
  • Loud phone talkers (18%).
  • Poor toilet etiquette - yuck! (16%).

Take a look at the whole article for the details at HR Morning, a daily service from PBP Media, that I recommend.

How to Deal With Annoying Employees

If you work with people, I'll bet you have had to address tough situations, too. Looking for more tips about handling difficult conversations with annoying employees? Start with: How to Hold a Difficult Conversation. Then, move on to nine more tips for your toughest situations and most difficult conversations: Difficult Conversations: How to Tackle Annoying Employee Habits and Issues. See also my newest article about the seven steps you can take to manage a negative employee.


From past reader comments, Robert suggests that most employees who are exhibiting annoying behavior are unaware that it is annoying coworkers and are appalled when they find out it is. Another reader suggests that if it is new behavior, it could be related to illness.

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