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Most working class people spend more time with their colleagues than they do with their family. This is especially true for Hong Kong, where employees top the list of having the longest working hours in the world with 50-hour weeks.
When you spend so much time with the same group of people, it is inevitable there will be conflicts. As it turns out, The Hong Kong Discussion Group is one of the best places for these frustrated workers to vent about the things they hate most about their workmates.
Beware of where you sit
An employee working in a lighting firm shared that she was forced to move away from her window seat because a new colleague from the IT department wanted the seat. She later found out that the boss favours the IT colleague over her for a reason that many would find ridiculous: the colleague’s date and time of birth matches perfectly with the boss.
Smell harassment, as the Japanese have dubbed it, involves employees having to put up with their colleague’s unpleasant body odour against their will. A worker complained that her middle-aged female boss has really bad breath and, to make things worst, loves to stand close to the people she is talking to.
According to the worker, everyone in the office is aware of the problem. They discuss it in private, but they feel there is nothing else to be done.
Maybe a brave soul who is going to quit their job anyway can bring up the issue to the boss?
The credit stealer
This is one of the most common types of toxic colleagues one can find in the workplace. A worker said his colleague often looks around in the office for people with no work to do, and then gets them to help with work that he is supposed to do. Of course he takes full credit for the work done in front of the boss.
The inclusive workplace
A front-line worker at a global fast-food restaurant chain shared his experience working with a person with history of mental illness. Unfortunately, the colleague performed poorly at work and was a nuisance to customers and colleagues because he was always talking to himself.
According to the front-line employee, despite making multiple complaints to management, no action was taken.
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