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29 Signs You Lack Self-Awareness At Work

29 Signs You Lack Self-Awareness At Work
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Your Lack of Self-Awareness Reminds Me of Me

Dr. Carl Jung, the late Swiss psychiatrist, once said, “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”  Society, including you and me, needs to learn from the annoying habits of others. We need to learn how our actions affects others. In other words, we need a big dose of self-awareness.

Bad Habits at Work

People are living like they are the only humans on the planet. Also, have you noticed the growing loss of self-awareness among people at work? Bad habits at work have become very, very annoying. The lack of self-awareness is leading to dangerous habits, overall safety concerns, rudeness, incivility, among many more toxic work-life issues.

Definition – Self–aware·ness, noun: knowledge and awareness of your own personality or character. (Merriam-Webster)

29 Signs You Lack Self-Awareness At Work

  1. Hurriedly jumping into the elevator before people on the inside can exit
  2. Talking loudly while on your desk or cell phone
  3. Using vulgar language
  4. Being angry all the time
  5. Wearing strong-smelling perfume or cologne
  6. Carrying-on conversations about sensitive personal business, life or medical issues while in an open office arrangement
  7. Continually carrying-on personal business
  8. No eye contact during conversations
  9. Limp handshakes
  10. Leaving dirty dishes or messes in the sink, counter or microwave
  11. The habitual act of roaming the halls to chat and waste time
  12. Texting, typing or answering the phone during one-on-one conversations
  13. Dressing like a hooker or pimp
  14. Bad breath
  15. Body odor
  16. Smacking gum
  17. Eating strong-smelling food at your desk while the aroma fills the office
  18. Stealing company snack foods from the company kitchen
  19. Stealing stuff, period
  20. Smoking at the building entrance
  21. Throwing cigarette butts anywhere but the trash
  22. Leaving voice mail messages that simply say, “call me” without saying the reason for the call
  23. Not flushing the toilet
  24. Not washing your hands before leaving the restroom
  25. Speeding in the parking lot
  26. Taking two parking spots
  27. The habit of bringing children to work
  28. Telling someone they’re fat or need to work out
  29. Assuming people want to hear about your latest non-life-threatening and disgusting medical issue

Are there other habits you find incredibly annoying? Please share it in the comments section.


Kevin Kennemer is founder of The People Group based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kevin is driven by his passion for company owners and their need to earn a profit, employees' desire for a positive and fulfilling work experience, and the community that benefits when both groups do well.


  1. Darryl G Baskin 3 years ago

    I am going to print this and review with with my children regularly so they don’t grow up to be one of “those people” 🙂

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      Kevin Kennemer 3 years ago

      Hi Darryl, sounds like a great idea. We need parents like you who will train their children to be responsible, self-aware adults. Thanks, Kevin

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