The relationships you have with your co-workers are some of the most important — and most complicated — you’ll have in your life. These people can be trusted confidants, mentors, or allies who help you climb the corporate ladder.

But a bad co-worker can make you afraid to go to work, even if you love your job. In fact, new research from Quality Logo Products has found that more than 90% of Americans have a co-worker who annoys them, and 57% of people have considered quitting or quitting their job because of an annoying co-worker.

In February, the company surveyed 1,902 American employees about the behaviors they find most annoying in their colleagues.

Working from home hasn’t done much to ease tension either, as 55% of people reported still being annoyed at their co-workers several times a week in a remote vs. in an office environment.

Their biggest annoyances for remote colleagues are slow responses to emails or instant messages, excessive background noise on calls, and food in front of the camera.

Here are the three most annoying co-worker habits according to Quality Logo Products and how to deal with them:

1. Pause

Interruptions are one of the most common problems with virtual meetings because it’s hard to tell when someone is about to turn off their microphone, finish talking, or experience an internet slowdown.

“We all need to have some grace around technology issues when we’re on the phone,” career coach Letisha Bereola told CNBC Make It. “Interruptions are almost inevitable at this point, so try to brush it off and don’t take it too personally.”

However, if you’re dealing with a chronic interrupter, career coach Susan Peppercorn suggests politely drawing attention to the issue. For example, if someone interrupts you during a meeting, you can say, “Can you please let me finish? Then I’ll turn the floor back to you.”

You may notice that other people on your team are introverted people, or may also have trouble standing up for themselves – in which case Peppercorn says you should “call on the interrupter’s pride” because confronting them may come across as hostile or rude.

She suggests the following script: “I notice there are people on our team who don’t talk much – could you help amplify some of those people’s voices at our next meeting? [insert name here]can you help her get the floor back?”

2. Taking credit for someone else’s work

Is there anything worse than working hard on a project, only to have a colleague claim it as theirs? If it’s a first offense, give them the benefit of the doubt, Bereola says, because it could have been an honest foul.

But if it happens again, find a friendly entry into the conversation and clearly state that you came up with the idea/project/suggestion. These templates can help you take ownership:

“Such as [co-worker] said, my idea to [explain project] would result in [impact]†

“Thanks for bringing that up, [co-worker]I know I shared this with you [date you spoke about the idea]†

Peppercorn also suggests talking to your manager if it’s a project you’re passionate about or that could impact your performance appraisal, and keep a paper trail of your projects so you’ve documented evidence of your contributions .

3. Sharing too much

Being open about your life and hobbies can strengthen your work relationships, but there’s a fine line between healthy chatter and getting too personal.

Politics, Covid-19, money, religion and relationships were ranked as the most annoying topics to discuss with a colleague in the Quality Logo Products survey.

These issues can often be emotionally charged and quickly lead to arguments between co-workers, so it’s smart to consider how often you bring them up with co-workers, and try to avoid office gossip at all costs, Peppercorn warns.

If a non-work conversation “goes off track,” she adds, you can ask your coworker questions about a project they’re working on, or draw attention to something else in business news.

Or just turn it off. “If you can leave the conversation by saying jump on another conversation, or if it’s a group, shut up and do that,” Bereola says. “You don’t owe anyone an answer, especially if you’re uncomfortable.”

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