Monday, September 10, 2007

Can't we all just get along?

Yahoo reporter Caroline Levchuck recently published her list of "Ten Ways to Lose Friends and Alienate Coworkers". It was humorous but honest and I wanted to post the list here. To read the full acticle click here.

Surefire ways to test the boundaries of your on-the-job friendships:
1. Eat stinky snacks.
2. Make endless meeting requests.
3. "Reply to All" all the time.
4. Pump up the volume. (computer/radio)
5. Be the office boozehound.
6. Take super-long lunches.
7. "Borrow" magazines or newspapers.
8. Use your manager as a referee.
9. Avoid attending company gatherings.
10. Always have the last word.

The thing that is most humorous is how obviously self centered many of these things are. Doesn't it make sense that to get along with others we need to consider their feelings and needs? In a business setting don't we realize that we need to be team players? What's wrong with us these days that we don't recognize such simple truths? Will future generations need a Yahoo article to learn how to deal with simple daily routines? It's something to think about. And laugh about.

1 comment:

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

You're right, these are good tips and sadly, too often, frequent in the workplace. I used to keep a can of air freshener to use every time a certain co-worker dropped by my office. Wow, I don't miss those days! I'm glad I work at home now.