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Don't! Get laid off

You've got a job. Good. Now keep yourself off a potential-layoff list by avoiding bad office behavior. 15 horror stories straight from the trenches.

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Don't! Conduct business on the toilet
Or at least wait until the conference call is over to flush.

"My feeling was, `Oh! Tell me that is not what I think it is!'" remembers Dan Chmielewski, owner of Orange County, Calif.-based Madison Alexander PR.

Chmielewski was on a call with several high-level people and an engineer, who was working remotely. At the very end of the conference call, during a break in the conversation, they all heard a toilet flush.

"There was a little pregnant pause," says Chmielewski, as they realized what the engineer had done.

The next time Chmielewski had a conference call with people from that fated phoner, one of the non-flushers teased, "I have about 45 min for this call -- let's see what we can flush out here."


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Last updated August 17 2009: 6:07 AM ET
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