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The 5 Craziest Things That Employees Do at Work

We spend the bulk of our waking hours at work, but most of us understand that this does not mean that the office is our home. Sensible employees know that they should not, under any circumstances, treat their office cubicle as if it were their living room. Too bad not every employee is sensible.

Here, in no particular order, are some of the nuttiest things we’ve heard of workers doing in the office.

1. Grooming Activities



This includes, but is not limited to, flossing, plucking, cutting your nails or hair, any bathing that cannot be accomplished with hand sanitizer or a Wet Wipe and all of your clothes still intact, and anything that will make us feel less clean for having witnessed it. You know what? Just don’t groom yourself at your desk. Seriously. If it’s more complicated that putting your hair in a ponytail, take it to the restroom.

2. Cooking



Yes, really. We have worked in offices where people had entire illegal apartments set up in their cubicles. We can see setting up a coffee pot so that you don’t have to drink the office swill, but beyond that, keep the cooking in the kitchen.

3. Taking Off Your Socks



The problem with this one is that everyone thinks that their feet are the only ones which don’t smell. Let us clue you in: Your feet probably smell, at least after a few hours of sitting in your shoes. And no, the answer to this isn’t to take off your shoes and socks more often.

4. Looking for Love



Online dating is mainstream now, but that doesn’t mean it needs to stream its way into your office. Save your journey through OKCupid for after hours where it belongs. For one thing, it’s a waste of the company’s time and money and for another…well, there’s always the chance that you’ll stumble upon some not-safe-for-work images that the site moderators haven’t caught yet. Don’t be the person who has to explain to her manager why she was looking at unclothed people on their company computer in the afternoon meeting.

5. Weeping


Everyone has bad days at work, and sometimes you just need to let it all out. However, the best place for that is either in the bathroom or in a conference room (any place with a door that locks). Don’t be that person who sniffles away at his desk, waiting for everyone to ask him what’s wrong. Nobody likes that guy, and worse yet, nobody promotes him.

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