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If you work in an office, then you’re probably well aware of the little habits of your co-workers that sometimes you just have to bare. We took it a step further and asked 21 Malaysian office employees some of the most annoying office habits that they just cannot stand! 

But wait… what’s an ‘ick’?

Oh, hello oldie! JUST KIDDING.

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If you’re in a slightly older age group then maybe the Gen Z term, ‘ick’ is new to you. “Yuck” and “eww” have long been the go-to expressions to signify disgust but ‘ick’ is now a trendy term to use to describe a cringe-worthy situation or behavior that is off-putting.

Proceed with caution as we delve into the many relatable office ‘icks’, from sad pantry snacks to terrible hygiene, we’re sure you’ve encountered these side-eye worthy acts at your workplace before.

Scroll further to read some of the entries we got!

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Hopefully if you see some that you’re guilty of then maybe you can improve on it lah ok?

 

Toilet etiquette: Pooing in peace!

It seems many Malaysians just don’t know how to use the toilets properly… here are some of the bathroom related office ‘icks’ we gathered.

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1. “When both you and your colleague are taking a dump in adjacent stalls, how to poop in peace?” – Kavin, Content Writer at an advertising agency.

2. “The mysterious case of colleagues who don’t know how to flush.” – Hannah, Teacher at an international school.

3. “When someone can’t aim properly and leaves pee stains on the floor and toilet bowl. You pee like that at home also is it?” – Aziz, Project Engineer at an audit company.

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4. “When people don’t put the toilet hose back in it’s proper place.” – Hariz, Social Media executive at a private company.

 5. “Toilet paper that’s too thin and tears easily, that’s a whole new level of frustration!” – Hui Ting, Videographer at a media company.

 

Pantry no-nos: A recipe for disaster

Moving on to food related annoyances that us office workers need to face on the daily.

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6. “When someone doesn’t wash the dishes properly.” – Shanon, Human Resources Director at private company.

7. “Clogged pantry sink, scoop the food out, people!” – Anusya, Accountant at a consulting firm.

8. “Office snacks that consist solely of cream crackers. Is this some kind of punishment?” Deepan, Data Analyst at a tech company.

9. “The culinary genius who insists on cooking in a closed-up, fully air-conditioned office, effectively stinking up the entire workplace.” – Ally, Editor at an online news portal.

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10. “The sad reality of a pantry with less snacks and drinks. We need our fuel!” – Prakash, Accountant at an audit company.

 

Basic office manners also don’t ke?

Forget toilet or food manners, apparently basic office manners also some people can’t follow. *Sigh* does it ever end? One person even said that they had their mug stolen from the pantry!

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11. “Please return my mug! it’s been missing for months!!” – Yee Hwee, Legal Advisor at private company.

12. “Stop littering, trash cans are there for a reason, people.” – Arjun, IT Security Manager at cybersecurity firm.

13. “Why can’t people just close the door when entering or exiting? It’s not that hard!” – Fatin, HR Intern at a startup.

14. “Not wearing a face mask when you are clearly sick” – Vignesh, Talent Acquisition Executive at recruitment agency.

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15. “Those who sit on your chair and mess up your perfectly arranged table. Rosak the vibe.” – Jimmy, Market Research Analyst at an e-commerce platform.

 

Other niche ‘icks’

On to the last part of the article, these entries include more of the brutally honest opinions of company culture and it’s so called “benefits”.

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16. “The never-ending journey to the outer lobby downstairs for a smoke or vape break. Can’t we have a designated area closer to the office?” – Chee Yin, Project Coordinator at tech company.

17. “The ONE office clown who thinks being loud is their ultimate personality trait. Cue the headache!” – Sharwini, Social Media Manager for skincare brand.

18. “The unfortunate fate of getting a Dell as your office laptop. Is this the dark ages?” – Nabilah,  Customer Service Representative at a telco company.

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19. “The cringe-worthy ‘We are a family, Not just a company’ practice. No thanks, we prefer professionalism!” – Fakrul, Legal Intern at a law firm.

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20. “Office TOO COLD. When the temperature is set to ‘freezing’ and productivity drops to zero.” – Clara, Community Manager at an NGO.

21. “Partially remote work arrangement should be applied to every department. Please, let us have a taste of flexibility!” – Jun Hao, Brand Consultant at an agency.

Yes, these Malaysians did not hold back one bit. Working in an office can be a rollercoaster ride of weird and irritating experiences. Let’s hope these ‘icks’ get some attention, so that we can all enjoy a better work environment.

Do you have any office annoyances you’d like to share? Share your thoughts in the comments!

 

Also Read: Concerning New Study Shows 54% of M’sians Think They are Unfairly Paid for Their Work

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