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Old 16.09.2011, 18:51
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I was thinking about what I deem the worst of common irritations at work and was wondering which were the pet peeves of others on this forum.

What at work annoys you most and what is for you the "cardinal sin" from people you work with in business?
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Old 16.09.2011, 18:59
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-interrupting without asking someone if they have a moment
-gossip
-attempting to do as little work as possible
-not pulling weight when on a team

Those were the first that came to mind.
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Old 16.09.2011, 19:01
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Well, it seems that I'm usually the one doing the "sinning" -- which comes in the form of being too nice.

It consistently amazes me how brutally direct and non-friendly my Swiss co-workers are. Not to mention having a severe lack of a sense of humor.
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Well, it seems that I'm usually the one doing the "sinning" -- which comes in the form of being too nice.

It consistently amazes me how brutally direct and non-friendly my Swiss co-workers are. Not to mention having a severe lack of a sense of humor.

In all my 28 years of business life in CH I never had such a feeling. And, we have often laughed at things of all kinds.
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Old 16.09.2011, 19:13
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In all my 28 years of business life in CH I never had such a feeling. And, we have often laughed at things of all kinds.
Well then..
I am now all the more convinced that my Swiss co-workers have initiated some kind of conspiracy against me.
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Old 16.09.2011, 19:23
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I think "people taking credit for the work of others" tops my list followed closely by those who do not do what they are supposed to properly, resulting in more work for somebody else to "tidy up".
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Old 16.09.2011, 19:29
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- lack of interest for the job at hand and the business in general
- surfing the internet, emailing, hanging on the mobile, all for private matters
- not swiftly responding to customer requests
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Old 16.09.2011, 19:29
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- lack of interest for the job at hand and the business in general
- surfing the internet, emailing, hanging on the mobile, all for private matters
- not swiftly responding to customer requests
Are you at work as you post this?
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Old 16.09.2011, 19:57
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"there's never enough time to do it right first time, but there's always time to go back and do it again", and there's a phrase that goes something like "don't make me suffer for your bad planning". Those things, and certain people doing a load of work in secret on something I'm responsible for and working my a*** off on, then broadcasting their brilliant ideas that I came up with 6 months ago, told them about and they chose to ignore.

My Swiss co-workers are probably outnumbered by other nationalities, so this isn't a comment on the Swiss at all, though there is one guilty of this. The others are English, German, etc.

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Old 16.09.2011, 19:59
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People for whom everything is so "urgent" that, in the middle of a conversation with you, they take a call on their Blackberry without any kind of apology and in the space of five seconds have completely forgotten that you are there.

Or (and I'm not sure if this is better or worse), they do remember that you are there and make a dismissive "go away, can't you see this is urgent" gesture to you.
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Old 16.09.2011, 20:03
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I think "people taking credit for the work of others" tops my list followed closely by those who do not do what they are supposed to properly, resulting in more work for somebody else to "tidy up".
This too, definitely this
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Slinking off at 11.30 for lunch under the shabby excuse that the restaurant won't be busy yet. Well, duh... it's not even lunch time!

Leaving the coffee machine devoid of beans/water then sneaking off leaving the next person to faff and fill.

Having a big smelly poo in the toilet, not opening the window and hermetically sealing the cubical door.

Scoffing the biscuits but shirking on the replacements.
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Colleagues who constantly moan, moan, moan - day in, day out - and do nothing about it.
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Old 16.09.2011, 20:21
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- Leaving work at a normal hour and then sending out meeting recaps at midnight to make it appear as though you've been working ever since

- Taking credit for other people's work

- Being atrociously late for meetings or not showing up, but sending you work-related text messages as though you never had a meeting planned in the first place

- Dishonesty. Straight up lying. This probably tops my list. I've lived and worked all over the world but I've seen the least integrity and honesty in Switzerland (yet still adore the country to bits, which says something about its other strong points)

* Thinking that all of the above can be negated by providing unlimited cups of Nespresso to employees
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Old 16.09.2011, 20:24
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Re: Your opinion wanted

1. HR.
2. Other management.
4. Office-mates
3. Other Co-workers
5. Vendors

YMMV
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1. HR.
2. Other management.
4. Office-mates
3. Other Co-workers
5. Vendors

YMMV
6. Subordinates
7. Cllents/customers
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Old 16.09.2011, 21:22
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I was thinking about what I deem the worst of common irritations at work and was wondering which were the pet peeves of others on this forum.

What at work annoys you most and what is for you the "cardinal sin" from people you work with in business?
This is not a Swiss thing. It's happened in London, Paris, Brussels, Porto, Hong Kong, Dubai and Zurich.

Not strictly a 'people I work with' thing either. But the most frustrating encounter is the odd security guy/receptionist (turned down for the post of Homeland Security Vice-President of Frisking) who applies exactly the same scrutiny, suspicion and Got-A-Uniform, Think-I'm-God mentality to every visitor to the building.

99.9% of security receptionist staff are pleasant, charming and contribute to the smooth flow of everyday business. Only the occasional lemon-sucking sow or anal arsehole (is that an oxymoron, I ask myself, then realise I don't give a toss) chooses to take out his/her sad frustrations on a person who simply wishes to do a job and go away again.

Yet I get my revenge. Here's how:
Remain polite, speak the language if possible and observe conventions.
Do the usual haggling, get the badge, smile and wish him/her a nice day.
Leave behind a silent-but-deadly Lady-Guff.

It takes training and timing, but I have a natural advantage.
As a vegetarian, I eat beans.
Natural weaponry.
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Old 16.09.2011, 21:25
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  • being held hostage by workaholics
  • back stabbing and corruption
  • Throwing people under the bus
  • Treating people like they're disposable
  • setting people up for failure
  • Acting like everyone should read your mind
  • Having no goals, no objectives, and no plan
  • lack of transparency
  • contrarian behavior
  • setting arbitrary and inflexible deadlines
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