By Sandy Shore, AP Business Writer
DENVER (AP) — It's the chitchat that never seems to end. Or the humming or whistling while you're trying to concentrate. Or the smell of someone's lunch (what IS she eating???) or even a whiff of body odor.
The most irritating or disruptive things about a job may have nothing to do with too much work or boring assignments. Sometimes what gets your goat is the annoying habits of the person at the next desk or cubicle.
What do you do? Put up with it? Complain to your co-worker and maybe start a rift? Complain to the boss and possibly make everything worse?
Management consultants say you should address such issues if they could end up affecting how well you do your job. So, here are some tips about the best way to deal with disruptive co-workers:
ANNOYANCE OR INTERFERENCE?
The first step is to figure out whether your co-worker's behavior is just annoying or if really does interfere with your ability to do your job.
You also need to ask yourself, is it really your colleague causing the problem, or is it your attitude?
Some people may be more sensitive or intolerant if they are unhappy in their jobs, under a lot of stress or dealing with personal issues.
They may be more prone to find something wrong with a co-worker's behavior, said Roxanne Emmerich, a workplace management expert who runs The Emmerich Group Inc. in Minneapolis.
"If there is no work problem, then you really need to ask yourself, is this something that I just need to let go," said Atlanta workplace management coach Marie McIntyre, who runs the Web site yourofficecoach.com.