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According to a new article, your co-workers are silently judging everything you do at work. And a lot of little things you do can end up making you the office outcast. Here are four things that might make your co-workers hate you.

#1.) Sucking Up to the Boss. Especially if it’s at the expense of someone else. For example, if someone makes a mistake, you don’t always have to go over their head. You can tell THEM about it, and let THEM tell the boss.–Also, don’t take sole credit for something when other people worked on it too. It makes you seem untrustworthy.

#2.) Negativity. Yes, even when you’re complaining about your boss. It’s okay in small amounts . . . because EVERYONE likes dumping on the boss every now and then. But after a while it makes you seem negative in general.–Constantly shooting down ideas is something else to avoid. And a survey from last year showed that too much gossiping can also make your co-workers think of you as overly negative.

#3.) Messiness. In your own work area, it’s not such a big deal. A recent survey showed that some people view a messy desk as a sign you’ve been busy. While other people think it just means you’re lazy.–But NO ONE appreciates it when you leave a mess in communal areas, like the kitchen.

#4.) Bad Cubicle Etiquette. Two of the biggest offenders are talking too loud, and eating something that stinks up the whole office. Even if no one says anything when you re-heat your fish dinner from last night . . . they definitely aren’t happy about it.


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