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Have you ever attempted to avoid a coworker?

post #1 of 24
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This is funny.

You know those coworkers that just start to hang around you and you don't know why?

Well the people I occassionally go to lunch with are getting sick and tired of this one guy. Actually from what I've heard management is going to fire him pretty soon (they have to wait for someone to get back from vacation first).

Anyways today we made our first attempt at ditching him. I know we're mean Anyhoo, all 3 of us told him we were going someplace different to eat. two of us left together, the third called to see where we were going and we told him.

Well the third person shows up with another coworker and this guy (the one we were avoiding). I just got the scoop and was told that as the second car load was leaving thats when the soon-to-be-fired guy came running around the building and hopped into the car with them. Didn't even ask where they were going or if he was invited.

PS, other than him about to be fired, we're sick of him cause all he does is brag about how great he is, he COMPLAINS all the time, and he smells...like "hi I forgot deoderant and haven't washed my clothes since I moved out of my parents house" smell.
post #2 of 24
I now have the mental image of all of you sneaking around and some poor little dorky guy running to try and catch you!!

But I have an annoying cowork aswell. Atleast she doesn't stink though!
post #3 of 24
Been there done that. I got rid of my guy by finding another job....maybe I should have got him fired.....
post #4 of 24
I do, but it's because we don't get along. She gave me the silent treatment once for two months because I messed up her break schedule (by wanting to go on my lunch after being there four hours, and she wanted to go on a break even though she started her shift a half hour before (this, not me). So she lied to me and said she was going on a 15 and didn't come back for 45 minutes)

If he's gonna be gone soon, why not just deal with him? After all, there'll be plenty to laugh at later right?!
post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post

Well the third person shows up with another coworker and this guy (the one we were avoiding). I just got the scoop and was told that as the second car load was leaving thats when the soon-to-be-fired guy came running around the building and hopped into the car with them. Didn't even ask where they were going or if he was invited.

PS, other than him about to be fired, we're sick of him cause all he does is brag about how great he is, he COMPLAINS all the time, and he smells...like "hi I forgot deoderant and haven't washed my clothes since I moved out of my parents house" smell.
Oh my gosh!!! He sounds smelly and nervy!
post #6 of 24
Thread Starter 
Yea this is the first job where I have purposely avoided someone just because they annoyed me THAT much.

I'm surprised they didn't get rid of him sooner, but at least they finally realised after 2 years that he just doesn't fit in (yes it takes them that long to get rid of someone here).
post #7 of 24
I attempt to avoid my students on occasion! But avoiding a co-worker I've not had to do.
post #8 of 24
I try to avoid my co-workers all the time - most of them are SO negative that its so draining and I just cannot be bothered with it anymore. All they do is gossip, backstab and some are just plain nasty, even about their own friends. I was starting to pick up the habits and I hated that - so I broke away and just go there to work now.
post #9 of 24
Too many to recall. I don't like getting caught up in work gossip and politics with people i hardly know and have to be around all day!
post #10 of 24
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Too many to recall. I don't like getting caught up in work gossip and politics with people i hardly know and have to be around all day!
That's smart! I found out a coworker and our supervisor (they are friends) gossip and talk bad about others who have worked there before and most likely the rest of us in the laboratory breakroom! People in other lab departments have come up to another coworker of mine to complain about them and that they wish they would just stop. They are only embarrassing themselves and making them look all the worse. I try never to say anything bad about anyone because I don't want it to come back to me and I hate it when people do that to me!
post #11 of 24
I try to avoid every single one of my co-workers. Everyday. Thank goodness I'm done there tomorrow!
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post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by Duchess15 View Post
That's smart! I found out a coworker and our supervisor (they are friends) gossip and talk bad about others who have worked there before and most likely the rest of us in the laboratory breakroom! People in other lab departments have come up to another coworker of mine to complain about them and that they wish they would just stop. They are only embarrassing themselves and making them look all the worse. I try never to say anything bad about anyone because I don't want it to come back to me and I hate it when people do that to me!
I mean as a younger person i should be the one gossiping but i found it was the older ladies who whined behind other peoples back, they had nothing better to do. Im sure you guys are different though, this was at all the different christian based op shops! Pfft
post #14 of 24
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I mean as a younger person i should be the one gossiping but i found it was the older ladies who whined behind other peoples back, they had nothing better to do. Im sure you guys are different though, this was at all the different christian based op shops! Pfft
It doesn't matter if you are religious or not. I have found either way you have people who will gossip, even though they are suppose to be setting a better example and most often the people I have come across are worse than little kids.
I am the youngest person that works in our department. You don't see me doing it, so what gives them the right to do it? As a supervisor, you should be setting a professional example.
post #15 of 24
hmm avoid a co-worker, no not really. I would normaly just tell them go away.
or in the case of my one boss after a few run in's he now comes in a hour after i leave/
post #16 of 24
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That's smart! I found out a coworker and our supervisor (they are friends) gossip and talk bad about others who have worked there before and most likely the rest of us in the laboratory breakroom!
Thats one of the issues I have with my supervisors - they are always telling their buddies who also work here about private stuff that other employees tell them. Its so not on.
post #17 of 24
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Thats one of the issues I have with my supervisors - they are always telling their buddies who also work here about private stuff that other employees tell them. Its so not on.
Same. It was the younger supervisers who seemed to be like that, if i didnt want to be involved in the gossip they didn't like me very much, the older ones were really bossy and rude.
post #18 of 24
man- ya'll should try working around some of the heifers i get stuck with on a regular basis. i swear i want to rip their heads off at least a few times a week (and i'm the nice one!)
post #19 of 24
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man- ya'll should try working around some of the heifers i get stuck with on a regular basis. i swear i want to rip their heads off at least a few times a week (and i'm the nice one!)

Lol, now i'm scared
post #20 of 24
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Lol, now i'm scared
haha rightfully so!!! our secretary is a she devil! i just try to "kill her with kindness though" i'm always nice - people see it ,so if anything ever happens- it'll come back to bite her in the tush, not me
post #21 of 24
I avoided one one co-worker for a few weeks. She was horrible to me. She would talk behind my back, make fun of me to my face (but in a way that it could be taken that she wasn't, but I saw her looking over at me after she said things and I knew she was making fun of me.).

One day I was making drinks on the espresso machine and I'm not fast, but I do it at an ok speed. We were slightly busy but there was not a massive line of drinks to be made. We are talking a row of five and I was getting them done at a decent pace. She comes over and literally moves me out of the way and takes over because I was too slow. I may be slower than most but I make sure its done right and I keep my work area clean.

From what I heard from another co-worker, she didn't like me because I had priority issues. Supposedly when something needed to be done, I would go off and do something else. This is a load of bull because I do all the things that everyone else takes for granted. If I didn't wash the dishes or take out the trash, or clean up the work areas, or stock supplies, everyone else would be up poo's creek without a paddle because they were too busy to do it themselves. Also, there have been many times I have been left to run the cafe by myself for over an hour. (we have a big-ish cafe. Seats almost 50) I handle it just fine and I STILL leave the cafe clean.

So thankfully she left last weekend and I'll never have to deal with her again. Unfortunatly a few other people who were closer to her have taken her side in everything and I've become somewhat unliked there. I'm just going to grin and bare it and work even harder.
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by theimp98 View Post
hmm avoid a co-worker, no not really. I would normaly just tell them go away.
or in the case of my one boss after a few run in's he now comes in a hour after i leave/
I like his style

Our team at work is too close-knit to avoid anything so you either get it all out or grin and bear it
post #23 of 24
oh, yes. She thinks that since she took a job over from me more than a year ago, I still want to hear everything about that job. Oh, and I want to make any difficult decisions for her and I want to still answer questions she should have learned the answer to a year ago...then she wanted to move into the cube next to mine...with her high pitched nasal whine and her constant "deskside meetings"

I finally had to go to the boss confidentially on that one, next thing you know "no unnecessary moves allowed". I seriously would have had to start working midnight to 9 am to get away from her.

There's another one I avoid situationally, as whenever she sees me eating she wants a detailed nutritional analysis of what I'm eating so that she can tell me it's gross and she wouldn't eat it,
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by theimp98 View Post
hmm avoid a co-worker, no not really. I would normaly just tell them go away.
or in the case of my one boss after a few run in's he now comes in a hour after i leave/
I wish I could...but the last time I did anything with the boss, they say me down and threatened my job (even when I knew it was right). So I just shut up and make sure he signs off on stuff.

As for co-workers, since I'm the only IT in the office, well I sort of have to "get along" with everyone. If I didn't have to deal with all 40 people on a day to day basis, then I would've told him to kiss my buttocks a long time ago
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