HR & Management

The 50 most offensive ways to breach office etiquette

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11 May 2015

Former deputy editor

Like the saying goes, you can’t please all of the people all of the time, and chances are you won't be making anybody's day if you're guilty of breaching office etiquette. Hint: Go easy on the makeup and ensure you're contributing to the tea round.

In a bid to find out what really winds up the British workforce, online gaming site MobileSlots.com has revealed the 50 biggest office blunders, which you may wish to avoid – unless, of course, you like to consider yourself the resident prankster.

Some of the more obvious faux pas included poor personal hygiene, drumming fingers on desks and tapping feet, watching videos without headphones, and talking too loudly on the phone.

However, on the bizarre side of things, workers cited an abundance of sticky notes, stress relieving toys, turning up drunk and air kissing as things that should also be deemed a no-no.

A spokesperson from MobileSlots.com, said: “It seems it’s the small things in the office which are the biggest nos. When you’re in a confined space with people, seven hours a day, five days a week it’s no wonder someone’s tiny quirk ends up becoming an office faux pas.

“Office jargon is a real no for many people, although I’m sure they find themselves slipping into a little bit of office speak every now and again.”

The list of clerical errors comes a month after the company revealed the 50 things employers can welcome into the workplace in order to be considered cool, adopting simple things like bean bags and hammocks, oh, and a cinema, bakery and yoga studio.

Worried you could be making a boo-boo? Check out the 50 office faux pas below:

1.     Making tea / coffee just for yourself
2.     Never doing the drinks run
3.     Smelly food at lunchtime
4.     Personal Facebook posts
5.     Tweeting during meetings
6.     Booking your holiday
7.     Doing your online shop
8.     Taking too long at lunch
9.     Arriving late and leaving early
10.   Failing to turn up at work parties / nights out
11.   Wearing shorts
12.   Drumming fingers on desk
13.   Too much make up
14.   Radio on too loud
15.   Watching YouTube videos without headphones
16.   Feet tapping
17.   Talking to yourself
18.   Humming annoyingly catchy tunes
19.   Talking too loud on the phone
20.   Too many sticky notes
21.   Inappropriate clothing
22.   Water cooler gossip
23.   Poor personal hygiene
24.   Coming to work straight from the gym
25.   Stress relieving toys
26.   Business jargon
27.   Email / phoning to check email received
28.   Unnecessary paperwork
29.   Air con blasting cold air in winter
30.   Not washing tea and coffee mugs
31.   Running out of milk
32.   Copying too many people into emails
33.   Too much information
34.   Being rude to customers / colleagues
35.   Swearing
36.   Untidy desks
37.   Being negative
38.   Brown nosing the boss
39.   Embarrassing yourself at office parties
40.   Talking politics
41.   Talking religion
42.   Sharing salary details
43.   Bragging about promotions
44.   Falling asleep at your desk
45.   Turning up drunk / hungover
46.   Drinking at lunchtime
47.   Dating a colleague / the boss
48.   Air kissing
49.   Taking sickies
50.   Dead plants

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