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Worst things about co-workers: Gossip, messes, smelly lunches and more

Co-workers: You spend a minimum of 40 hours per week with them. It’s more time than you probably spend with your best friend in an entire month.

Sure, they share common interests with you (your career), but they aren’t always super-easy to get along with.

There are many different types of co-workers you’ll encounter in the workplace -- the complainer, the gossip and the know-it-all, to name a few. Every office has them.

Here are a few common occurrences that can make co-workers the absolute worst.

Personal calls aren’t so private

Some co-workers make private calls at their desks
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Some co-workers make private calls at their desks and speak just a bit too loud, letting everyone in the office know about their spreading rashes or arguments with their boyfriends.

Their laziness isn’t just their own problem

If they're having a lazy day (or month),
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If they're having a lazy day (or month), that means you'll be twice as busy picking up the slack.

Their stinky lunches can ruin your appetite

A cubicle is no place for fish or
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A cubicle is no place for fish or hard-boiled eggs.

You’re all too familiar with their hygiene habits

There's no need for anyone to excessively file
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There's no need for anyone to excessively file or clip their nails in the office. Ever.

They gossip like your office is a high school

There's always that one co-worker who knows what
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There's always that one co-worker who knows what everyone is up to and why.

You have to deal with their messes

Asking a co-worker to tidy up might be
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Asking a co-worker to tidy up might be just as difficult as asking a roommate to do the dishes.

They may have bad manners

It's hard to get any work done while
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It's hard to get any work done while a rude co-worker chomps down on lunch in your ear.

You have to cover shifts for them

So while they're off relaxing by the beach
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So while they're off relaxing by the beach or de-stressing in a yoga class, you're working overtime.

They leave random messes at your desk

There's nothing like returning from a day off
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There's nothing like returning from a day off to find trash left behind on your desk.

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