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After working long hours, sometimes it's time for a little workplace humor. Here is a list of our 13 most-irritating co-workers.

Annoying workplace habits

The Hygiene Queen

It sounds great, right? Not if the guilty person is practicing good hygiene at her desk. You know the one. Cutting her fingernails, flossing her teeth, spraying pungent perfume, cleaning her ears… Gross. No one wants to see that.

The Chatty Cathy

She talks on her cellphone all day. Or even worse, she's on her office line. She speaks loudly, dials long-distance relatives, catches up with old friends — on work time. Look, Lady. We don't all love to hear about your life.

The Close Talker

This is the person who seriously invades your personal space. They try to hug you hello each morning, high-five at every opportunity, hover over your shoulders while you work and get within inches of your face when talking to you.

The Sicko

The Sicko is always coughing and sneezing all over the place without covering their mouth. And they never wash or sanitize their hands. We don't want to catch that disease!

The Food Thief

Plain and simple, they eat everyone's food. Then, they try to hide the evidence and, if they get caught, they pretend they thought it was their own.

The Post-it

Instead of actually fixing any office issue, they just stick notes everywhere. “The printer is out of ink,” “Wash your dirty dishes,” “Out of order.” Thanks for the memo.

The Stinker

When it's lunchtime, it's time to open the windows. They cook the smelliest food possible in the microwave, from tuna to eggs and asparagus, without apology.

The Do-Gooder

They're always asking for money. Sorry, but it gets annoying. From Girl Scout cookies to magazine subscriptions and funding a charity-sponsored marathon, enough is enough.

The Boozer

They show up late because they're hung over and leave early all the time to catch happy hour. You even catch them mixing a drink with the ill-hidden bottles of booze in the desk drawer. Unless you work at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, it's totally inappropriate.

The Child

Hoarding office supplies, making kitchen messes, pouting and never replacing the toilet paper roll is their protocol. You've even witnessed them throwing a fit when they didn't get the desk they wanted.

The Brownnoser

Obviously this entails sucking up to the boss, working late hours when it's not remotely necessary and making sure to always mention when credit is due — to themselves.

The Creeper

Cracking inappropriate jokes, commenting on your wardrobe, hitting on co-workers and unabashedly giving everyone the once-over seems to be a pastime for this creep.

The Noise Maker

Whether they snort, chew with an open mouth, constantly blow their nose or crack their knuckles incessantly, it's time to put on your headphones.

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Comments on "13 Co-workers you hate"

Ted October 31, 2013 | 8:58 AM

I don't mind helping a co-worker who is overwhelmed..We all get behind once in a while and need help. I'm talking about the person who can NEVER get their act together or ALWAYS has some problem that prohibits them from doing their job. In turn, WE, get stuck with your work, on top of what we have to do. I resent it.

i am about to choke the shit out of you August 27, 2013 | 5:08 AM

I hate men that gossip, or people on the phone at 6 am. You just got to work. Why the ---- are you on the got ---- phone already? I don't give a ---- about your fishing trip. ---- your snot nosesd kids! don't tell me about your ---- of a wife again, you married her deal with your moron! I hate kiss asses, kissing up for overtime then all you do is ride the clock and play games on your stupid Facebook. Then complain when you actually have to do work. I hate the office copy cat most of all. Everything i do you want to do. Every joke i tell you repeat it like its yours. You talk too ing much. I'm about to take this computer screen up side your head

Tina March 16, 2013 | 3:24 PM

Nothing wrong with a hygiene queen, haha!

Erica July 12, 2012 | 9:37 AM

Ha ha! Yeah, there are always a few of these no matter where you are.

Erin June 09, 2012 | 11:17 AM

Hahahaha this was hilarious!!! And right on! Personally, my biggest annoyance is the "close talker." I can't stand people being in my personal space, especially at the office where no one's brushed their teeth for hours! Gross. Thanks for bringing humor to this situation!

Shauna May 21, 2012 | 11:53 AM

Great article, however, the author failed to list the most annoying co-worker of all: the workplace gossip. The gossip is that person we all know who keeps their ear really low to the ground and starts rumors which may or may not be true. The gossip is usually one of the less productive employees since he or she devotes so much of his or her time to eavesdropping, snooping and spying. We could all do without the workplace gossip.

Eric May 21, 2012 | 11:32 AM

I think we can all identify with these various workplace characters. Eliminating all the nuisance co-workers would definitely streamline the day and boost employee morale. But since they seem to be a permanent fixture of any workplace, the least we can do to get back at them is write humorous pieces about them. Funny article!

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