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If you sit to coworkers and/or heat stuff in the shared kitchenette, avoid foods that have a powerful or long-lingering scent (microwave popcorn's a common offender—buy a pre-popped bag instead). Because of the smell, you probably wouldn't order raw onions or curry," says etiquette expert Henry Alford, author of "The bottom line is you don't want to distract coworkers." On the topic of food and drinks in shared spaces, please sponge your leftover-spaghetti spatters off the microwave, which is not, in fact, a self-cleaning appliance.

"But run this idea by your supervisor and colleagues first." What's the only thing worse than being forced to listen to music you didn't choose?

Listening to someone whistling, humming or singing for eight straight hours a day. The sign says "Restroom," not "Conference Room C."There's always going to be some at-the-sink gossip among work friends (even though this is usually better left for a coffee break), but in general, "Avoid conversation in the bathroom, except of the most trivial and fleeting kind," says Alford.

Maintain a little mystery (and professionalism) by keeping your soap operas out of the office; reserve personal calls for urgent situations, keep 'em snappy and use your indoor voice.

"Only make personal calls that are under three minutes long and whose drama won't impede business," says Alford.

Forget grossing people out with the clip-clip-clip of nail-trimming—even filing that jagged nail during a meeting can ick people out (not to mention make you seem uninterested in the discussion).