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Treat Your Coworkers Like Dogs (Really!)

Train your coworkerAround this time last year, I wrote a post about office pet peeves and asked you to share the ones that bug you the most (which you can still do!). Now, I wonder about the weird and uncomfortable coworker who might not act out your pet peeves, but gets under your skin and drives you crazy nonetheless. Punk Rock HR provided the best advice I've read on dealing with coworkers who both drive you nuts and are too thick-headed to take subtle hints: Pretend you’re Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer!

"The Cesar Millan way…involves being clear & direct with your coworker. Look at his behavior, determine what’s inappropriate, and tell him to stop. No discussion. No negotiation. Be kind, be clear, and be timely."

Not only does this idea make complete sense, it's pretty funny too! Did you ever imagine using dog-training skills on a coworker? Sit, Frank! Stop talking now. Good boy.

Nevertheless, everyone works with that guy. (Oh, and that guy isn't always a guy...there are plenty of women who break the same office etiquette rules.) And you may think life would be so much better if that guy got canned, but chances are he'd be replaced with someone who's just as bad (but you can dream)!

Curious what most companies consider proper office etiquette? Here are some examples. Read them, compare them to your own habits and behaviors, and be considerate of those around you!

Just for fun: Fans of The Office, check out our Dwight Schrute sample resume!

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