We all know how important it is to get along with coworkers.  Here is a top 10 list I came across at Marketing Profs Daily Fix in one of the posts by Ann Handley:

1. Eating food that belongs to someone else. Or, chowing down on food others bring in to share, but never bringing the donuts yourself.

2. Talking too loud on the phone, especially about non-work stuff. Details of a doctor’s appointment, chat with your spouse… Take it outside.

3. Eating smelly food. I have two words for this one: Burnt popcorn. Wait: here’s two more: Fast food.

4. "Borrowing" supplies and never returning them. This leads to controlling behavior, like marking things like tape dispensers and staplers with name-tags, as if they are going to sleep-away camp.

5. Playing a radio loud enough for others to hear. Especially: Playing it *just* loud enough, so it presents as a persistent, tinny sound, like a mosquito loitering near your ear.

6. Not keeping cell phones on vibrate, particularly when it’s "The Mexican Hat Dance" rendered in ring tone.

7. Using the speakerphone gratuitously.

8. Shouting conversation over cubicles.

9. Playing with iPhones or Blackberrys during meetings.

10. Not taking a hint. Yes, my weekend was fine, thanks, and we’ve now covered every inch of yours, too. Now go back to your own desk and get work done, okay?

Adapted from Mental Floss and Forbes.


Look how many of these have to do with the phone or food!

If you can take away anything from this post watch your behaviors pertaining to food and the phone and that will go along way towards being a good coworker.