I have so many office annoyances, it’s not even funny:
1. NO ONE takes a lunch! Everyone eats at their desks, which is fine, but we all work in customer service, and even though I’m a manger, I still have to answer our phones, even when I’m eating. We don’t have an eating area, and I feel guilty when I leave for a half hour, which I know I shouldn’t. So, since no one else leaves for lunch, I never feel like I should, either.
2. We all work in an open office with no cubes, just desks. I have one coworker who continually takes lengthly personal calls that are not emergencies. Fine, talk all you want, but leave the office and talk on your cell because I don’t care about your blood pressure or your Vitamin D levels or that your golf score was off this weekend.
3. I’m in charge of our main phone at work, and so when it rings, and I’m not here, someone else has to answer it (it’s ridiculously archaic, and we’re getting a new system). But when people answer the phone at my desk, they totally mess it up. Pens everyone, stealing my post-its, writing on papers, I’m, I dunno, USING FOR WORK, and sometimes, they plain knock stuff over, like my pencil cup, etc. It’s so annoying, and rude.
4. Our CEO always makes our holiday schedule “tentative” until a few weeks before the holiday, which is annoying because we never know if we can travel or not. This includes Christmas and Thanksgiving. We’re really pushing him to create one at the beginning of the year, and then stick to it because it’s created a few problems in the past.
It sounds like I work in the worst office ever, and sometimes, I feel like I do. But actually, it’s super casual that most of the time, I’m happy. We have a lot of great company perks and bonus programs, too. But gosh, it really drives me nuts sometimes.