My Biggest Office Pet Peeve

If you work in an office chances are you have a number of pet peeves; things your co-workers do that annoy you.  I could probably come up with a long list but for today I’ll narrow it down to the one that annoys me the most.

I’m fortunate enough to have my own office.  That means I have a door I can close when I need to cut down on distractions and focus on my work.  My biggest office pet peeve is when someone opens the door and walks right in without knocking.  Or they knock but proceed to enter before I can respond.

It’s not that I’m ever doing anything behind a closed door that I wouldn’t want anyone to see.  To me, knocking is a sign of respect.  I’d never dream of just walking right into my General Manager’s office without knocking and waiting for him to acknowledge.

Sometimes I’ll just let it go.  Other times I’ll say something like, “Geez… it’s a good thing I had my pants on.  You might want to knock next time!”   Some laugh and take the hint.  Others are simply clueless.

What’s your biggest office pet peeve… and do you say anything or just continue to let it annoy you?

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