Despite your best intentions, it isn't always possible to stay at your desk. Here are 10 desk transgressions that will repel you from your work every time.
1. Loud phone conversations
Insensitive colleagues who talk loudly on personal calls despite your looming deadline can be infuriating. It can be nearly impossible to stay at your desk when you know they're about to launch into one of those long-winded private conversations with their beloved about dinner tonight followed by their summer holiday plans.
2. Repulsive smells
Just as you unwrap your takeaway and look forward to a moment of peace, someone nearby inevitably slips off their shoes despite clearly suffering from smelly feet.
Or your colleague returns from their lunch break with a huge souvlaki or egg sandwich they plan to demolish at their desk. A disgusting smell can be enough to make anyone gag and run.
3. The chip muncher
That familiar rustle of the chip packet and then the loud crunching of your colleague can be one of the most distracting sounds known to any office worker. You find yourself anticipating each rustle as their hand dives back in the packet to deliver yet another handful to their mouth. It's enough to drive anyone completely spare and is the perfect excuse to vacate your desk until the packet is safely in the bin.
4. Germ spreaders
Inconsiderate colleagues who insist on soldiering on when they're sick are infuriating.
The growing pile of dirty tissues just inches from your desk and boxes of tablets leaves no doubt that your colleague is sick, and that you're about to get sick, too.
It's pretty hard to stay at your desk when you're being sneezed and coughed on by someone who should be home in bed.
5. Fire alarm
The boss has warned you that the fire alarm is about to be tested, but there's no way you can sit at your desk with that siren ringing in your ear. How is anyone meant to get any work done? This is the perfect excuse to go out and grab a coffee at your nearest and dearest café.
6. Paper jam
Given the modern technology in most offices these days, it's astounding that we're still subject to regular paper jams. If you're the last one to send a document to the printer and it's jammed the machine, it's hard to get any work done until it has been fixed, giving most of us the perfect excuse for a wander around the office.
7. The roaming boss
Most bosses like to venture out to the office floor from time to time, making most of us extremely nervous. If you were collared for a chat last time, consider whether you could escape the pep talk by diving into the nearest office for a "bit of advice" from a colleague also keen to escape the boss.
8. A mountain of emails
There's nothing more off-putting than returning to your desk after a morning of meetings to discover a few million emails that demand your attention. Or, worse still, you've been copied in on some emails over an issue the boss wants dealt with urgently and somehow you've been lumped with the job of dealing with the issue. The perfect time for a coffee break, hey?
9. Celebrations in the tea room
You might have a deadline looming, but you just spotted a magnificent cake being carried into the tea room for a colleague's birthday. You know that if you walk in with your coffee mug, you'll be offered a piece. No matter what your title is, this scenario is impossible to resist.
10. The sound of music
Your colleague might like a little music while they're working, but that doesn't mean you do. If they aren't using earphones, you're completely within your right to tell them to. If your colleague is using earphones and you can still hear their music because they like it loud or your desks are so close, consider making a few jokes about the damage that too many decibels can do to your hearing later in life. Hopefully, they'll get the hint and turn it down.
Now it's your turn - what are the worst desk sins you have seen committed?