An exasperated woman cries for help on the phone, circa 1940.
An exasperated woman cries for help on the phone, circa 1940. - 

Unless you work alone, you spend more time with colleagues than your own family.

What does this mean? Well, there are the upsides; enjoying witty banter that breaks up the day, having an ally to compare notes about the boss with or being able to share a high-five for a job well done.

There are, of course, downsides to spending so much time with people at work. You know, the co-worker who likes to share EVERY detail of their life, when you ask a simple "how are you doing?" Or how about the person a couple of cubicles down who monopolizes meetings? And can we talk about the colleague who just hangs out next to you while you're trying to work?

Ask A Manager's Alison Green is back with the Marketplace Weekend team to answer your questions about dealing with annoying co-workers, and what to do if you suspect you're the one getting on everyone's nerves. Oops.

You can leave your story on the voicemail line 1-800-648-5114 or add a comment in the box below, and one of the Marketplace Weekend team will be in touch.

Sign up to stay connected to Marketplace and you could be in for a Halloween treat!

Subscribe to our daily newsletter by Oct. 31 and you're automatically entered to win one of 10 Marketplace treat bags. They're filled with some great swag, plus something unique to give you a peek behind the scenes — a program rundown signed by Kai Ryssdal.

Subscribe today for your chance to win – and good luck!

Follow Marketplace Weekend Staff at @MarketplaceWknd