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Posted By: JasmineE02
Subject: Tales of Office Busybodies
Date Posted: Jun 26 2014 at 12:36pm
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Tales of Office Busybodies – Your Nosiest Coworkers

Most office have at least one nosy coworker – that person who asks inappropriate questions about your personal life, constantly comments on what you eat, or tries to find out what every closed-door meeting is about. Sound familiar?

I recently asked readers to share their accounts of working with nosy coworkers. Here are their 10  http://quickbase.intuit.com/blog/2013/06/04/weird-coworkers-bet-you-cant-top-these-10-oddballs/" rel="nofollow - most outrageous stories  – take a look and see how your own colleagues compare. (And if you have your own story about a nosy coworker, share it in the comment section!)

1. Share your weight with the office

“A few years ago, I worked for a large retail store. Our store team leaders decided that, to emphasize the wellness benefits we received, they should do some sort of a fitness challenge. So under two shift leaders, they organized a Biggest Loser competition.

Every week, they posted the starting and ending weights over the time clock for every employee participating, along with combined team loss in pounds and percentage.

The plan originally was to treat the winning team to pizza and ice cream (doesn’t that… defeat the purpose?), but the competition fizzled out soon after people realized the supposedly ‘motivational’ idea of posting others’ weight on the biggest bulletin.”

2. Crawled through the ceiling to snoop

“At a former employer, it was a big warehouse space. To create offices, they built them with drop ceilings (which left a huge gap between the drop ceiling and the warehouse ceiling). The HR and CFO offices were next to the R&D lab. One of the chemists decided to climb through the ceiling, and searched the HR and CFO offices after work one night. He gathered materials from both offices, and then took them to his boss to ask for a raise. When asked where he got the materials, he told his boss what he did.”

3. Covertly followed a sick employee home

“A woman who used to work at my company was notorious for being a terrible manager – one time, she actually followed an employee home when the employee left because she was feeling ill. The manager tried to be incognito about following her, but she was discovered sitting in her car outside of the employee’s house. Yikes.”

4. What real men should do

“One of my current coworkers has trouble believing that I, a 24-year-old newlywed, do not want children for the foreseeable future. During lunch, I was talking to another coworker about how I enjoy volunteering at our local humane society. ‘Nancy’ jumped in and said that I ‘should start popping out babies so I have less free time.’ When she met my husband (he came to take me out to lunch) she told him that ‘A real man would have gotten me pregnant by now.’ After I returned, she asked if we ‘made a baby over lunch.’

At first, I just ignored her but as her comments got worse and more frequent I would stare at her and just say ‘Wow’ or ‘I fail to see how my reproductive plans are any of your business.’
The comments have mostly stopped at this point because she started making them to another coworker’s wife. He ended up yelling at her in the parking lot because it turns out they had been trying to conceive for over two years. It’s really best not to ask about people’s reproductive plans.”

5. Snooping secretary

“Our secretary would wait until you were out of the office (at client’s business or vacation day) and would snoop in your desk drawers and comment later on what you had in them. Whether it was client files, snacks, or pens, she would bring it up exactly what was in your desk drawer.

She took it upon herself to ‘dig up dirt’ on employees that had angered her by seeing who she knew that may know them- their neighbors, possible friends, or relatives and would try to dig for some ‘skeleton in their closet’ to use later against them.

One of our company’s duties is preparing certain types of taxes for high net worth individuals. For a short time she knew where copies were kept and would pore over them to see info on the client’s taxes, income, investments, etc. Through an indiscretion at the company, she discovered at one time what other staff made and had a screaming fit on her manager about how other secretaries made more than her. I think we could have had our own reality show filmed.”

6. Pregnancy prying

“The HR manager at our relatively small organization has, on more than one occasion, pulled me aside and given me the ‘You know, you really need to tell me if you’re pregnant’ speech, all under the guise of trying to be some sort of big sister figure to me. She keeps insisting it’s because I ‘go to the bathroom a lot.’ Obviously I’m thrilled that she’s that interested in keeping tabs on my trips to the bathroom as well.

She doesn’t realize that this is not only incredibly nosy and intrusive, but incredibly hurtful to me- about a year ago I found out that I am not able to have children, so it is a really sensitive issue for me. Yet still, it has come up about 3-4 times this past year.”

7. Executive assistant abusing her access

“Our CEO had to stop giving our office’s executive assistant certain documents to handle (which was part of her job) because she would read them, get the content wrong, and then spread the wrong content around. We had to hide the seating chart from her when we redid the floor plan because, in the prior round, she’d told people that a department was being downsized because she misread the plans. One time a different coworker congratulated me on getting a promotion—which I hadn’t—because Nosy Parker had found a confidential board memo about growth paths personnel, and concluded that anyone mentioned was getting promoted (and receiving raises). If any of the female employees looked ill or threw up, she would instantly start speculating whether that person was pregnant.

She also used to bring up people’s Facebook statuses and personal lives in  http://quickbase.intuit.com/blog/2013/03/20/tips-for-running-effective-meetings/" rel="nofollow - work meetings : ‘Does anyone know if Sue is in the office today?’ ‘Well, she said on Facebook that her flight was delayed last night, so she’s probably home sick, because she gets the migraines, you know, and they’ve gotten worse since her husband got laid off.’”

8. Inappropriate question barrage

“I had a teenage coworker in a retail job who I think honestly did not know there was anything wrong with asking coworkers incredibly invasive questions. Everything from ‘What do your parents do? How much money do they make? to ‘How much is your rent?’ to ‘You were sick? Were you throwing-up sick, or sneezing everywhere sick?’ to asking about my husband, who’s a different race from me: ‘Where do you even MEET someone like that? Does he speak English?’ After I told her I picked him out of a catalogue, she didn’t talk to me much any more.”

9. Horrible cancer response

“I have cancer and shortly after diagnosis a coworker asked how much longer I was expected to live. I just shook my head, said ‘Wow,’ and walked away.”

10. Food monitor

“My coworker has taken it upon herself to monitor my daily food choices. She regularly comments that I don’t eat much of the food provided in meetings (usually because they are all meat/fish/chicken sandwiches and as a vegan, this doesn’t leave much for me to eat, so I eat beforehand). She even went as far as going through my personal wastebasket at my desk to see if I had thrown out any wrappers, containers, etc. as ‘proof’ of whatever I eat. I caught her red-handed one day and asked her, ‘What the heck are you doing?’
She said she ‘wanted proof that you actually eat, so I’m checking your garbage,’ as though this was a perfectly natural thing to be doing!”




Replies:
Posted By: goodm3
Date Posted: Jun 26 2014 at 1:14pm
Some of this could be nipped in bud with a good "read" ...


Posted By: callmeDEva
Date Posted: Jun 26 2014 at 1:26pm
I guess I'll just be the office bitch. I have zero problem with getting into someone's ass (respectfully and without cursing of course) the first time they cross the line. I was reading some of those like "and you didn't say anything back?!!"


Posted By: sugabanana
Date Posted: Jun 26 2014 at 2:03pm
tsk tsk tsk the look I would give people at the office doesn't allow them to even think of crossing that line with me.


Posted By: Az~Maverick
Date Posted: Jun 26 2014 at 2:10pm
These stories......AngryPinchSleepy

One of the main reasons some people hate their jobs is because of the type coworkers they have to work with.


Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: Jun 26 2014 at 2:14pm
gosh yes at #4. I don't really think people consider this as nosiness though, because everybody wants children


Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: Jun 26 2014 at 2:16pm
and call me a meanie, but I have lied and made up some sob story about me trying to conceive for 20 years and how broken up I am that we haven't gotten pregnant yet. *cries* At least that stops them from asking me about it again next year.


Posted By: sbrownie84
Date Posted: Jun 26 2014 at 2:20pm
Too much time On their hands


Posted By: Nisha
Date Posted: Jun 26 2014 at 10:04pm
They sound insane


Posted By: tatee
Date Posted: Jun 27 2014 at 11:17am
i had a boss who would become obsessed with people's lives. she and another coworker found out that  colleague's father had died and they looked up were the funeral was being held online and went to the funeral.  the crazy thing is they both hated this woman and every time she did something they didnt like they would bring up the fact that they went to her father's funeral.

these same two chicks would look up people's addresses and drive by there homes.  if someone one was supposed to be away for what ever reason theyd drive by the person's home just to see if the person was really away. 

one day i was talking to one of these two woman and she slipped up told me that she couldnt believe the neighborhood this one guy lived in because the area was really expensive and his house was so nice.  so i asked her where did he live and she told me it was over an hour away.  this crazy fool drove an hour just to see were a guy in the mailroom lived.

im not even going to mention that she would drive an hour to my village just to go to the grocery store across from me  and started going to my beautician.  did i mention that we live an hour apart?


Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: Jun 27 2014 at 12:11pm
Originally posted by tatee tatee wrote:



these same two chicks would look up people's addresses and drive by there homes.  if someone one was supposed to be away for what ever reason theyd drive by the person's home just to see if the person was really away. 

one day i was talking to one of these two woman and she slipped up told me that she couldnt believe the neighborhood this one guy lived in because the area was really expensive and his house was so nice.  so i asked her where did he live and she told me it was over an hour away.  this crazy fool drove an hour just to see were a guy in the mailroom lived.
 


what!?
this is something I never thought about a co worker doing, but now you got me wondering about some questions I used to get asked at my old office.  Don't tell me co workers were riding by our house to assess our property.. Shocked


Posted By: iluvmihair
Date Posted: Jun 27 2014 at 12:45pm
Originally posted by PurplePhase PurplePhase wrote:

Originally posted by tatee tatee wrote:



these same two chicks would look up people's addresses and drive by there homes.  if someone one was supposed to be away for what ever reason theyd drive by the person's home just to see if the person was really away. 

one day i was talking to one of these two woman and she slipped up told me that she couldnt believe the neighborhood this one guy lived in because the area was really expensive and his house was so nice.  so i asked her where did he live and she told me it was over an hour away.  this crazy fool drove an hour just to see were a guy in the mailroom lived.
 


what!?
this is something I never thought about a co worker doing, but now you got me wondering about some questions I used to get asked at my old office.  Don't tell me co workers were riding by our house to assess our property.. Shocked

That's real crazy! Now I don't feel so hoodrattish for giving my job my PO Box. LOL


Posted By: Katrenia
Date Posted: Jun 27 2014 at 1:01pm
I'm an offender.

Me and a co-worker are nosey and don't care, we look up peoples addresses and houses on google earth. Stern Smile
I like to see how they livin.


Posted By: rickysrose
Date Posted: Jun 27 2014 at 1:20pm
see she is in the wrong profession

Shouldve been a detective but instead she's in an office investigating for free and leaving boss man's work undone 



Posted By: EPITOME
Date Posted: Jun 27 2014 at 1:20pm
i've never cared that much about my coworkers


Posted By: sugabanana
Date Posted: Jun 27 2014 at 2:24pm
A nosey co-worker of mine ask what neighborhood I lived in and drove by my subdivision and told me all about it. I was like who the fudge does that.????


Posted By: Katrenia
Date Posted: Jun 27 2014 at 2:33pm
Originally posted by rickysrose rickysrose wrote:

see she is in the wrong profession

Shouldve been a detective but instead she's in an office investigating for free and leaving boss man's work undone 

 LOLLOL


Posted By: goodm3
Date Posted: Jun 27 2014 at 3:12pm
this confirms my beliefs on not telling co-workers anything about my personal life....


now I need to start using a PO Box.

driving by people houses? soooo out of line...


Posted By: BBpants
Date Posted: Jun 27 2014 at 7:17pm
Originally posted by tatee tatee wrote:

i had a boss who would become obsessed with people's lives. she and another coworker found out that  colleague's father had died and they looked up were the funeral was being held online and went to the funeral.  the crazy thing is they both hated this woman and every time she did something they didnt like they would bring up the fact that they went to her father's funeral.



Confused

I would have lost my job that day


Posted By: keepgrowing
Date Posted: Jun 27 2014 at 8:14pm
At a place I used to work at, there was a woman that broke into a coworker's home because there was a rumor that this coworker was messing around with the woman's husband.

Now reading about all these coworkers and bosses driving by people's homes is convincing me to get a po box smdh. 


Posted By: mzsophisticated
Date Posted: Jun 27 2014 at 8:26pm
See they already know not to try me like that...i just give them a look like "really bish gon' with that stupid shyt"



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