People tend to find working in an office environment draining and stifling—stressful, demanding, frustrating, disheartening, irksome, grueling. Case and point: “70 percent of American workers are not ‘engaged’ or ‘actively disengaged’ and are emotionally disconnected and less likely to be productive,” according to a 2013 report from Gallup.
“Less likely to be productive”? What does that even mean? Well, according to Kansas State University, 60 to 80 percent of time spent on the Internet at work is “wasted” on personal use.
So here are 34 more distractions to help you get through your day:
1. Paper jams
…which are just so frustrating.
2. That one person who is always judging. Always.
3. Ice-cold A/C. I mean, leave the polar vortexes for winter
4. Too much work
5. Meetings of any kind, shape, form, function, length, color, or species
6. People who hit “reply-all”
7. Noisy typers
8. Noisy eaters
9. Noisy talkers
10. People who make noise
11. Desks that look like:
12. When your boss asks you to work overtime
13. People who don’t respond back
14. Pen clicking / tapping / spinning / dropping / chewing / anything-but-writing
15. Bright and cheery morning people
16. “Borrowed” supplies which magically disappear
18. Personal calls
19. People who do this:
20. Food stealers
21. Messy (and gross) fridge
23. The Gossipers
24. The know-it-all
25. The bragger
26. Awkward elevator moments…
…where you just stand there … silently … awkwardly.
27. Coughing/sniffling/sneezing/sick people
28. Lazy people…
…who deserve to be shamed.
29. Permanently stressed people
30. Working on the slowest computer EVER
31. Rude people
32. When the Internet is down…
34. Your boss when he looks at your work:
But at least there are Fridays, and Saturdays, and Sundays, and holidays.
*Image of “frustrated businesswoman” via Shutterstock