27 Things I’d Like to Tell My Co-workers

I get letters! People love to share their opinions, insights and frustrations. And as long as I don’t name names, they give me permission to pass along most of their comments. Recently, I wrote about 27 things I’d like to tell my manager. Now, here’s what some of you say you’d like to tell your co-workers:

27 Things I'd Like to Tell My Co-workers

  1. Back away from the perfume bottle! This isn’t date night. Some of us are allergic and what seems “light” to you makes the rest of us gag.
  2. I’d like to help you because it seems you’re having a difficult time. But you won’t let anyone in. You don’t have to do this all by yourself, you know.
  3. We’re all in this together. It’s not a competition. I’m not out to get you or make you look bad in front of the boss.
  4. When I screw up, would you please come to me first rather than make it a topic of conversation in the break room?
  5. Kudos to the person who holds down the fort when everyone else goes out to lunch or to a conference.
  6. You might think an office flirtation is pretty exciting. But we all know you’re married. It impacts your reputation and can come back to bite you.
  7. I’m nervous about bringing up ideas in our meeting. Would someone support me vs. immediately shoot me down?
  8. Give the new boss a break. Give them time to get their bearings, learn who’s who and figure out how things work around here before we pass judgment.
  9. I want you to show up on time, do your job and quit bellyaching.
  10. At our next meeting, let’s thank someone in the room who helped us out that week.
  11. On the first day of my new job, would someone invite me to join them for lunch? It would help me feel like I fit in.
  12. How about if we all chip in to buy creamer and salad dressing rather than take it from someone else’s stash?
  13. I “loved” it when you took my picture down off the wall to make room for your latest award plaque.
  14. The microwave is a disgrace. Please cover your food when you cook it and wipe up the spills. Nobody wants to clean up after you.
  15. You have no idea how you brightened my day by poking your happy face in the door. You’re a breath of fresh air!
  16. I get that you’re a “hugger” but some of us freak out when we see you coming. Please give us some space.
  17. That time you covered for me when my kid was sick – I can’t tell you how much I appreciated it.
  18. Why is it we all get along ‘til it’s time to leave the parking lot?
  19. We need to lighten up around here. This is not national defense.
  20. Not cool to adjust your pants and parts in public.
  21. I accepted a job here because you worked here first. I’m glad I trusted your taste in employers.
  22. We don’t want to hear details about your latest operation or see pictures. Some of us have sensitive stomachs.
  23. I’ve learned more about how to handle disappointment and stress because of the way you manage yourself. You have no idea how much I admire your strength.
  24. Some of us are on the phone with customers. Please be considerate and use your “inside voice.”
  25. Momma always said, “You get more bees with honey than vinegar!”
  26. You’re one of the kindest people I know.
  27. Please pull up your pants and put on your shoes.

Got any others you’d like to add to the list? Send me a note. I promise to keep it anonymous!