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Are you annoying your co-workers?

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Showing consideration for your co-workers isn't merely polite. Those surveyed for the staffing firm Office Angels said they're more likely to help considerate co-workers, and that those colleagues are more deserving of promotion than annoying office mates.

The top irritating behaviors cited:

  • Receiving e-mail from someone sitting 3 feet away.
  • Listening to voice mail over a speakerphone.
  • Swearing at the computer.
  • Playing music a co-worker doesn't like.

Noise created by technology topped annoyances that ranked high just a few years ago, such as leaving the photocopier with a jam or gossiping.

Don't dismiss the impact of annoying habits: More than a third of office workers say they've considered switching jobs to escape the irritation.

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