Dealing with Coworker Who is Driving Me Crazy!

FindYourGreatness (@jpete011) 8 years, 10 months ago

I have an obnoxious coworker whom I, unfortunately, sit 3 ft away from every day.

I’ve been putting up with him for a year now, but he’s starting to really get to me lately.
Here are the things that annoy me and are disturbing my concentration at work:
-He is obnoxiously loud—And the 5 cups of coffee in the morning certainly don’t help
-He repeats annoying phrases over and over and over. Examples include, “Sanity check,” “Stand by,” “There she is!” (every time he answers a female on the phone), “onward through the fog!” and other stupid comments.
-He laughs extremely loud throughout the day at things that aren’t even remotely funny to anyone else.
-He annoys EVERYONE in the office. Each coworker has admitted this

My questions is, what is the best way of communicating to him (while keeping my anger and annoyance in check) that he needs to lower the volume of his voice down or I might eventually explode? Or punch him in the face (kidding).
One thing I’ve resorted to doing is poring out the rest of the coffee in the morning. That actually helps, until he gets more on his lunch break…

January 25, 2013 at 8:57 am
Zykanthos (4,757)M (@chodebalm) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Change your view of him and the things he does.

Subwoofer Stevens (246) (@jakehay) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@chodebalm, This.

Teresa (24) (@foxmind) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@jpete011, I’ve had a similar experience. Worked with a girl who was constantly swearing and talking loudly. First, I tried working with earphones and my favourite songs playing, then honestly ask her if she could be more quiet not to disturb others. On one occasion, after hearing a long range of complaints at a badword rate of 5 per phrase… I just smiled and asked “Are you happy?”… It worked, for now…
It’s difficult to deal with people like that, but try not to lose your temper and think of happy things instead. Wish you luck!

Kyle (131) (@kyle) 8 years, 10 months ago ago


Study the art of war by sun tzu. It is the ultimate book for dealing with conflict that big people in business, the army, and leaders use to deal with conflict. It was writen in 500 bc and everything in that book can still be applied today.

savmot (135) (@savmot) 8 years, 10 months ago ago


If his volume is getting on your nerves just give him a shout when he’s being loud and tell him to keep the noise down or something. Maybe talk to your manager and ask them to have a word (That’s part of what they get paid extra for)
Otherwise just leave the guy alone and stop discussing him with everyone in the office, because that’s not really very nice all of you discussing how annoying he is.
Think how you’d feel if that was your Dad, or your Brother that people were talking about.

Starry Eyed BLiND. (670) (@cristinelizabeth) 8 years ago ago

I work with two people who are always observing every little action I do under a microscope it seems like and when I am busy doing something they tell me to go do something for them , or are up my ass about what i’m doing. They will tell me how to do it their way which is the RIGHT way. They like to mess with me, because I don’t deal with people telling me what to do because My boss and other co workers know I do what I do , and I do it correctly and efficiently but these guys like to mess with me it seems like. It is really annoying and frustrating to deal with people who always come at you just to be , I don’t even know what they’re trying to achieve. I just take deep breathes and get consumed in what I am doing until their shift is over and I feel at so much peace when I am working alone when things are under my control. I feel like it is a control issue. I just don’t like to be taken as weak, because I can handle things and I do know what i’m doing but I believe these boys mistake my pretty face for being stupid or not aware of how to deal with things. I don’t understand why guys are like this towards girls.
And it’s like they are in competition to be the best with me , like with customers, I don’t get it. And I don’t play along with it..

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