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Readers Respond: Annoying Coworkers: Share Your Telecommuter Tales

Responses: 3


Telecommuting can mean escaping daily face-to-face interaction with annoying coworkers. But it's not all bliss. Even well-intentioned colleagues, who just don't understand what it's like to work at home, can become annoying coworkers, who cause you extra headaches with cryptic emails or unrealistic expectations.

As a telecommuter, what annoys you about your coworkers, clients and colleagues who work in offices?

Know your time zones!

Both my husband and I work from home, and this is more of an issue with his job. We live on the East coast and some of his West coast colleagues call his home office line at 7:00 or 8:00 p.m., thinking it's normal business hours. So he ends up having a work conversation right as we're trying to eat dinner or get the kids to bed. Drives me crazy! Send an email or voice mail message if you think you may be disturbing someone at home early in the morning or late at night.
—Guest Christine

Yes, I really am working!

I can't tell you how many times I've been asked "so, do you get much done at home?" or some variation of the air quotes around "work". Just because your boss always shows up with a new wardrobe every time she works from home doesn't mean that I'm not working. In fact, haven't you been yacking in the breakroom for a while now? Oh, and no, I don't work in PJs all day. Eww.
—Guest Jennifer

Leaving in mid conversation

This really gets me mad. I sometimes hang around checking my email obsessively while cooking dinner because a colleague at the office absolutely had to have something resolved immediately. Yet they went home before reading my replay to their long and involved email. Arrgh!!!!

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