“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,” wrote author Annie Dillard. For most people, a huge chunk of our day is spent at work. It adds up to more than 13 years over a lifetime (even more if you put in overtime), which is the equivalent of around 90,000 hours. It’s a sobering thought if you don’t enjoy your job — which is the majority of people, if a 2013 Gallup study of 142 countries is to be believed. Researchers concluded that only 13 percent of global workers felt engaged and committed to their work.
That’s a lot of miserable employees. So what’s the answer? More money? A longer lunch break? Free snacks? All those things would probably make most people’s working day a little more bearable. But according to several studies, a friendly dynamic among co-workers is one of the most important factors for workplace satisfaction. One British survey found that a good relationship with colleagues is the No. 1 reason people stay in their jobs.
If you don’t have a great relationship with your co-workers, take comfort in the fact that you’re not the only one. If Twitter is anything to go by, the working world is full of people who can’t stand — or understand — their co-workers. These 50 tweets about co-workers range from the raging to the ridiculous; there’s something for everyone.