Your coworkers are like a box of chocolate, as the saying goes, and you never know what you’re going to get. If you’re fortunate, you’ll end up with people who are your favorite kind. If not, you end up with people that leave a bad taste in your mouth like the chocolates with the obscure pink or orange fillings that almost always end up in the trash (except on desperate days). You know, the coworkers that you would swear solely exist to test your “how much you can take before you snap at work” button. These highly annoying coworkers definitely haven’t read Stephen Covey’s classic book, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

Your personal brand should be associated with success and not stress. Likability is an important part of building a strong personal brand.  Without it, you may lose your credibility and also limit potential career opportunities.  If your behavior at work can make even a saint justify that pushing you down the stairs is somehow doing the work of a higher power, it’s time to stop these annoying habits.

1. Extending meetings by asking irrelevant questions or playing “devil’s advocate” on every other point because you despise the person running the project.

2. Referring to your coworkers as “honey”, “doll”, “sweetie pie”, “pumpkin” or anything your grandparents called you when you were five.

3. Clogging up email inboxes by abusing the Reply to All button (this should only be used on a need to know basis).

4. Demonstrating sarcasm by adding smiley faces after every sly remark in emails.

5. Greeting your coworker first thing in the morning with questions and requests before they’ve had their first cup of coffee or a chance to get settled.

6. Having a list of questions and requests at the end of the day when your coworker is ready to leave.

7. Starting small talk about the weather and how fast the week went during elevator rides and pantry encounters. Awkward silence is really not that awkward.

Are you tired of annoying coworkers or just ready for a change? Dust off your resume and see how working on your personal brand can help you land a better job—and hopefully better coworkers!

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Marietta Gentles Crawford

Writer + Personal Brand Strategist, Founder at MGC Ink
Marietta Gentles Crawford is a writer, personal brand strategist, and author of "From Nine to Thrive: A Guide to Building Your Personal Brand and Elevating Your Career." With over ten years' experience climbing through top corporate and government brands as a writer and trainer, her passion is inspiring professionals to dare mediocrity.
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