"The funny thing is, it was clear from her rant that she hadn't even read the book, in which the forces of good win in the end." Rule #7: Consider your coworkers when you pack your lunch.
Sure, last night's delicious cod dish would make a delightful lunch—but it's not nice to make coworkers suffer through your smelly meal.
"Well, two fellow flight attendants were unhappy when a couple took over a row of seats they had their eye on, so they stole the couple's shoes and left them in a trash bag in the galley." Sure, there might be someone out there who will laugh at your antics, but they're best saved for your time off.
Rule #5: Take a breath before you hit "Send." The easiest way to confront a coworker is often via email—you get to have your say without any ugly face-to-face drama.
Carl from Colorado, who works in construction, knows of two coworkers who lost their jobs after misusing company vehicles.
One repairman drove the company van to a well-known drug house in the middle of the day; he was busted when the boss drove by on his way home for lunch.
Below are our top 10 rules for professionals, accompanied by real-life examples of coworkers behaving badly.If a coworker has shut her office door, stay out––even if she doesn't look busy.Says Renee from New Orleans: "I kept a big bowl of candy on my office desk. '" When you really need a sugar fix and the candy dish is with a colleague who's holed up in her office, head to the vending machine instead. Any joke made at your coworker's expense—or worse, a customer's—probably isn't all that funny.Learn from their mistakes before your own missteps damage your professional reputation, or worse, cost you your job. Sure, your close friends "get" your dry sense of humor and blasé attitude, but you should keep personality quirks in check when dealing with coworkers. ' She didn't come out and say, 'Your hair usually looks totally boring,' but it's what we all heard." Rule #2: Be a team player.Tina, an office worker from Pennsylvania, tells the story of a boss who could never quite phrase a compliment nicely. Lots of companies are short-staffed, which means many employees are shouldering a bigger workload.If clients see you clash with a coworker, you'll both come off as unprofessional.