Printing etiquette in the office

Here is a guide to printing etiquette in the office. These habits are the hallmark of an annoying printer, I hope that you don’t run into one at work.

There are five printer personalities that inhabit any office, but if you know what traits to look for, there’s no reason why you can’t avoid them.

The Hoverer

Hoverers are the professional neck breathers who stand over your shoulder, transfixed by that spreadsheet you are printing. They stand too close and don’t seem to understand that their disregard for your personal space won’t make the printer run faster.

The Passive-Aggressive Note Leaver

This person will never refill a paper tray or change the toner but will always leave a pointed note informing their colleagues to replace them when they are empty.

The IT ‘Expert

He/she has gone through most of their life believing there are more tech-literate than they actually are. This is the type of person who will swoop in when the printer craps itself and offer the genius suggestion to switch it off and then switch it back on.

The “Go Green” Guy/Girl

You know that twenty page, one-sided document you’re currently printing? The “Go Green” guy/girl is quietly plotting your office demise at their desk. This person is attached to their iPad and believes that Email and Kindle are single-handedly saving all trees and digitizing all the data is the way to go. They definitely want you to ditch the paper and switch to cloud too! While they may not outwardly scold you, you can bet that they will lecture on the detrimental effect you are having on the environment by abusing the printer.

The Mad Chatter

Every office has one, and they can usually be avoided by putting your headphones in your ears, or you know, actually doing work at your desk. But at the printer, nobody is safe from the inane chatter of a co-worker who exploits this quiet, sacred printing time to try and bond with you.

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