20 Secrets Your Work Colleagues Desperately Wish They Could Tell You

Chances are, if they always ask if you want a mint, they're not doing it out of the goodness of their heart. That's the consensus from the (anonymous, natch) group of employees interviewed for this story.

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If I ask you, "Do you want a mint?" every time you enter my office, that's my polite way of saying your breath is less than pleasant


I just haven't figured out how to tell you about your bad breath yet, and I'm trying not to embarrass you or hurt your feelings.

Don't overdo it on scented fragrances


If I sneeze every time you walk by, your perfume or cologne is too strong. The scent can be overpowering, so please dial it back a bit when you're in close quarters.

While athleisure may be trendy in the fashion world, workout wear isn't appropriate for the office


So leave the yoga pants, sports bras, jogging pants, and gym shorts for the actual gym, and dress in more professional attire. (These outfit mistakes could cost you the job interview.)

If you borrow my pen, laptop, iPad, etc., don't forget to return it


Don't make me tape plastic spoons to my office supplies. This is just one of many things you can do to build trust with your colleagues.

Follow the golden food rule


If I leave food in the refrigerator with my name on it, it's my lunch—not yours.

And a second rule too


When I'm eating lunch, don't just reach into my bag and help yourself to a handful of my bites. That's rude (and a little gross). If you want a little piece of my cookie or a couple of chips, please just ask.

Let me know what you think


When I ask for your input on a project, I really value your opinion, and I'm open to hearing some constructive feedback from you.

Don't forget about the coffee


Don't leave a quarter inch of coffee in the carafe and assume someone else will make more. Pitch in, brew another pot, and let's keep the java flowing.

A friendly bathroom reminder


The bottle of air freshener in the bathroom isn't just a toilet decoration. Enough said. (Brush up on this bathroom etiquette while you're at it.)

I really admire your fervor to take on new projects


In case I haven't already told you, your enthusiasm is refreshing and isn't going unnoticed.

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