With so many personalities running rampant in the office, there are a variety of ways your relationships with coworkers can slip through the cracks.
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6 reasons why your coworkers run when they see you coming down the hallway

With so many personalities running rampant in the office, there are a variety of ways your relationships with coworkers can slip through the cracks— and maybe even start a clash.

That being said, while every workplace and person is different, this is why your coworkers may steer clear of you. In other words, don’t be this employee.

You pick fights, just because you think you can

You can’t resist hurling a passive-aggressive comment your colleague’s way every time they have a minor slip-up, or confuse small details before correcting themselves. You might even cut him or her off.

Or you might just be having a bad day, but but taking your feelings out on your coworkers is both rude and unprofessional.

Here’s how to decompress after a stressful one.

You don’t hear your colleagues out

You may like to hear yourself talk, but it can’t verbally be your way or the highway.

In meetings, take a step back and give others the floor for once. During face-to-face conversations, practice “active” listening. Focus on the other person and please, please, please put your phone away.

After all, no one wants to work with someone they can’t get through to.

You don’t give credit where credit is due

You take credit for others’ ideas in meetings. Instead, listen intently to your coworkers, be sure to recognize the ways they’ve helped you, and thank them for it.

You get so lost in your work that you emotionally blow others off

We get it — you work hard. But chances are, so do many of your coworkers. So show them the decency you’d like to be shown during the work day.

Glassdoor features commentary from Leonard Kim, managing partner of personal branding accelerator InfluenceTree, on what can happen when you’re overly focused in the office.

“There’s nothing wrong with being focused, but it’s important to take stock of how you act in your day-to-day. ‘If you’re passing someone by, are you smiling? Do you say hi? Excuse me? Or do you seem rushed?’ Kim asks. Sometimes, keeping your head down and your eyes on the prize can be mistaken for a negative outlook or an unfriendly attitude. ‘People take notice of all the small actions you make, so make sure you’re aware of what you’re doing and how it reflects on you.’”

You share way too many details

Alison Green, author of the Ask a Manager blog, writes about what happens when “you bring your personal life to the office in ways that make people uncomfortable” in U.S. News & World Report.

“For instance, I used to work with someone who was constantly making personal calls that involved yelling and swearing at the person on the other end. Crying wasn’t unheard of either. She never noticed that everyone around her was cringing in discomfort,” Green writes.

Here’s what’s off-limits and what’s fair game when it comes to being open at work.

You’re constantly waiting for 5pm to hit

The end of the workday can be a much-needed reward at the end of eight packed hours, but be sure to make the most of the time you spend getting work done.

Business Insider says that this is what it’s like when you’re always looking for a way out: “You’re watching the clock until you’re able to leave at the end of the day. You shirk responsibility at every opportunity. You don’t care enough to push yourself. You’re simply not committed to your job,” the publication says.

Don’t let so much time pass you by that you lose sight of your goals, or you miss the opportunity to go above and beyond.