34 Office Frustrations: How Many of These Have Happened to You?

By Margaret Wollensak
Margaret Wollensak
Margaret Wollensak
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May 24, 2014 Updated: May 25, 2014

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

Photocopy Rage — Office

 …which are just so frustrating.

 — Office

2. That one person who is always judging. Always.

Judging

3. Ice-cold A/C. I mean, leave the polar vortexes for winter

Froze — Office

4. Too much work

paperman — Office

5. Meetings of any kind, shape, form, function, length, color, or species

Meeting — Office

6. People who hit “reply-all”

reply all — Office

7. Noisy typers

typing — Office

8. Noisy eaters

ronnomnom — Office

9. Noisy talkers 

bla bla bla — Office

10. People who make noise 

11. Desks that look like:

mess — Office

12. When your boss asks you to work overtime

sad

13. People who don’t respond back

glee

14. Pen clicking / tapping / spinning / dropping / chewing / anything-but-writing

ragequit

15. Bright and cheery morning people

cheery

16. “Borrowed” supplies which magically disappear

cheshire

17. Eau-de-sweat

no

18. Personal calls 

phone

19. People who do this:

christmastree

20. Food stealers

thief of joy

21. Messy (and gross) fridge

eww

22. Micromanagers

Micromanaging — Office

23. The Gossipers

mean girls

24. The know-it-all 

raising hand

25. The bragger

channel 4

26. Awkward elevator moments…

lift

…where you just stand there … silently … awkwardly. 

awkward-lift

27. Coughing/sniffling/sneezing/sick people

sick

28. Lazy people…

Lazy

…who deserve to be shamed.

Cone of Shame

29. Permanently stressed people

angry

30. Working on the slowest computer EVER

displeased

31. Rude people

sherlock

32. When the Internet is down…

Bored

33. Incompetence 

cup one job

34. Your boss when he looks at your work: 

thumbs down

Your response:

ragequit

 

But at least there are Fridays, and Saturdays, and Sundays, and holidays. 

happy

 

*Image of “frustrated businesswoman” via Shutterstock

Margaret Wollensak