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    6 Biggest Workplace Taboos

    1. Falling asleep at work

    When Michael F. was having trouble with his cable service, a technician came out to fix the problem. After waiting on the phone with the support team for over an hour to activate the new modem, the technician fell asleep -- on Michael's couch.

    Forty-one percent of sales representatives have snoozed on the clock, along with over half (51 percent) of all information technology (IT) workers surveyed. Another 43 percent of healthcare and hospitality workers have dozed off at their desks, along with 41 percent of those employed in banking and finance.


    2. Kissing a co-worker

    The aforementioned kiss between Jim and Pam didn't initially fare well for their work relationship -- in fact, shortly after, Jim transferred offices completely. OK, things worked out for them in the end, but not before Pam called off her wedding with Roy, Roy tried to attack Jim and was fired, and Jim entered into an ill-fated romance with co-worker Karen.

    More than half (52 percent) of hospitality workers and 38 percent of all retail workers have smooched with a co-worker, according to the survey. Just 33 percent of education workers have puckered up compared to nearly half (47 percent) of IT workers.


    3. Drinking alcohol on the job

    In February 2007, CBS 2 News launched a hidden camera investigation that caught several construction workers drinking beer and whiskey on their lunch break before heading back to work. Despite safety issues and lack of concentration after drinking, startling percentages of workers have tipped the bottle on the job.

    Sales representatives led the industries surveyed with 30 percent of workers admitting to knocking back a few at work. Twenty-six percent of banking and finance employees have drank on the job, along with just 12 percent of healthcare workers.


    4. Stealing from the office

    Anthony Zuniga, 53, was recently arrested and imprisoned for stealing 5,937 Netflix DVDs and 1,497 Blockbuster DVDs from the mail when he worked as a U.S. postal worker. While most employees are nabbing staplers and pens, it's stealing all the same.

    All industries surveyed admitted stealing from the office within five percent of each other, ranging from 21 percent of healthcare workers to 26 percent of education employees, with the exception of retail workers, who reported 15 percent.


    5. Spreading rumors about a co-worker

    Gossiping about co-workers is no minor offense -- in May 2007, four workers with 46 years of experience between them were fired for gossiping and starting rumors about a colleague and the town administrator.

    Thirty-nine percent of government employees plead guilty of the same crime, according to the survey. Twenty-five percent of sales representatives have fed the rumor mill in their offices, while only 12 percent of IT workers have done so.


    6. Snooping after hours

    You name it, it's been done -- whether digging through someone's desk, sifting through discarded files and even logging onto co-worker's laptops. Bonnie R. nosed around a co-worker's background. She created a fictitious company to obtain information on someone she knew was fired by a law firm. She called the law firm's HR department and identified herself by saying, 'I'm with Quick Staff, a temporary staffing agency. I'm going over the application of Peggy Sue Smith. Peggy was quite candid with me over her recent firing so I'm just contacting you for a little background.'

    "While I expected to obtain some information I was not prepared for the in-depth level of dishing this firm's top HR person then dished," Bonnie says.

    Retail workers were least likely to snoop after hours according to the survey, with only 14 percent of employees having done so. Government employees led the industries with 26 percent of employees having poked around after hours.


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    Re: 6 Biggest Workplace Taboos

    I feel like this thread is pointed at me .....

    Are you talking to me? Are YOU talkin' to me!

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    Re: 6 Biggest Workplace Taboos

    Are you kissing co-workers on the job again?


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    Re: 6 Biggest Workplace Taboos

    What about going to work naked? Or pouring Mountain Dew over your boss' keyboard? They never told me I couldn't do it, so technically it isn't wrong.


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    Re: 6 Biggest Workplace Taboos

    Let's see a show of hands for anyone who has not done EVERY one of these things?


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    Re: 6 Biggest Workplace Taboos

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Let's see a show of hands for anyone who has not done EVERY one of these things?
    *sits down quietly, bends head down and realizes I am a failure.

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    Re: 6 Biggest Workplace Taboos

    I have not kissed or fallen asleep. Others, guilty.


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    Re: 6 Biggest Workplace Taboos

    I've done all of those except for kissing a co-worker. However, that would have been awkward on an all-male landscaping crew to begin with.


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    Re: 6 Biggest Workplace Taboos

    Quote Originally Posted by 4VR4CY View Post
    I have not kissed or fallen asleep. Others, guilty.
    I fell asleep at my job in HS. And was guilty of all of the others at a job in college. Wait I worked overnight in that job, so I was guilty of all of them.


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    Re: 6 Biggest Workplace Taboos

    Are these really the "6 biggest workplace taboos" ? I'm betting that we all could come up with a lot more by the end of this thread.




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    Re: 6 Biggest Workplace Taboos

    Shorting a companies stock you work for is generally frowned upon

    <-- Guilty!


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    Re: 6 Biggest Workplace Taboos

    These are from MSN. I am sure I could come up with a lot worse too.


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    Re: 6 Biggest Workplace Taboos

    I fell asleep ALOT when first starting my first job out of college... Still liked to go out and have fun, lived ENTIRELY too close to the 86th st bars, and finally had a little money in my pocket... Early morning conference calls were the worst. Can't say I have ever drank AT work, but I did have some nights where I partied untill 4-5 and went to work at 8 so pretty good chance I was still drunk...

    I'm sure I can come up with alot more that I have done...



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    Re: 6 Biggest Workplace Taboos

    Early morning conference calls were the worst. Can't say I have ever drank AT work, but I did have some nights where I partied until 4-5 and went to work at 8 so pretty good chance I was still drunk...
    Every once in a while a customer we'd be working for would step out and say, "I've got beer, and I've got water, take your pick." Fun times.


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    Re: 6 Biggest Workplace Taboos

    Ive never made out with a girl from work.........wanted to but didnt. Dont think ive fallen asleep either. Drank some beer at Davinci's when I worked there. Thats when they actually served beer. Dont spread rumors.



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