50 worst office faux pas revealed

Inappropriate clothing, talking to yourself and business jargon are some of the top 50 worst office faux pas, according to a recent survey.

Research shows the biggest no no’s in the workplace with some surprising entries (and some glaringly obvious – yet people still commit these heinous crimes!).

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Smelly food, poor personal hygiene and taking sickies were all classed as big office faux pas, as were arriving late and leaving early and taking more than an hour at lunchtime.

Feet tapping, drumming your fingers on the desk and humming also made the 50.

The tea and coffee run proved to be a bone of contention, with failing to make hot drinks, only making them for yourself and never washing up all making the list too.

A spokesperson from 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 50 office faux pas (in no particular order):

  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 (TMI)
  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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