2 of 15
BACKNEXT
Don't! Be the office downer
You don't want to be such a buzz kill that people arrange their desks away from you.

That's what Caroline Melville, owner of virtual administrative service VirtuallySorted.com, had to do after hiring an accountant to work with her small team.

In the mornings, when Melville asked how he was doing, he would respond with a deadpan, "I am not dead yet."

If the company booked a new client and the office was celebrating their success, he would pipe in with, "Ah, I don't know. I don't know. He might leave."

The eternal optimist didn't stay long. He resigned when his wife got a new job and needed to move. But Melville didn't complain.

"It was quite a sigh of relief for me, actually, because it was quite stressful having someone like that in the office."

NEXT: Don't! Microwave fish in the office

Last updated August 17 2009: 6:07 AM ET
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
More Galleries
Tech's highest paid women Silicon Valley isn't known for its diversity, but it is home to a handful of highly paid female executives. More
9 reasons to be hopeful about women in tech These startups are working to leverage technology to level the playing field for minorities and women in tech. More
10 best states to retire in Forget Florida. Residents of these states are happy, safe, and have good health care -- all for the right price. More

Special Offer