In every office there will be some personality types that you just don’t get along with. There will be people that you absolutely adore and then there are the others…. the ones that drive you crazy.
No matter where you work, the industry, or the size of the company, I promise that you’ll inevitably find yourself one day looking at a co-worker and wondering, “Really? Are you for real?
Just because certain colleagues make you want to run for the nearest exit it doesn’t mean you can avoid them all of the time. They’re not going anywhere. And if you leave this job in hopes of having “normal” coworkers at your next, you’re setting yourself up for a real disappointment.
Here a few types of co-workers that I am sure you can relate to:
The Gossip Queen…
This person can usually be found crouched in cubicles or leaning on a filing cabinet in the office supply room whispering their latest news to anyone who will listen. The gossip queen has no intentions of making a professional name of themselves or moving up the corporate ladder. All this person cares about is what the new girl said at the company picnic or why someone from the marketing department was fired. If you value your professional character within the organization, it is best to stay far away from the gossip queen and never engage in the conversation. It is the perfect time to “make an important call”.
You know the one. They walk around the office with a frown on their face, dragging their feet and talking negatively about any little thing that comes up in conversation. This person hates that they are there and will downplay any positive corporate communication. It does not take a genius to know that you need to stay far away from this individual. Their negative words and energy can damage your positive attitude and bring you down to their level within seconds, turning your “good day” into a “bad day”. Management should be clearly aware of this Nancy and be taking the proper steps to ensure this bad attitude comes to an end. If you find yourself engaged in an unavoidable conversation with this person, turn it around with a positive statement and make an excuse to get back to work.
The lazy loafer arrives 20 minutes late and usually finds a way to sneak out a couple of minutes early. This person is usually engaged on their social media sites several times throughout the day and has no problems taking an extra-long lunch. How does this person still have a job? Unfortunately, this is not a problem that you can fix. If this person is the cause of you not being able to complete certain projects or tasks then it will have to be addressed with management. As annoying and unfair as it may be, put on a smile and thank the lord above that you do not act this way. It is just a matter of time before the consequences of this behavior comes forth and they will be shown the door.
You know the ones. Every work place has at least one. The employees who smile, laugh and say yes to absolutely everything. They appear to be job-loving and super obsessive in pleasing management. The classic case of the Kiss-Ass goes like this: they lose respect from their colleagues, they are not trusted and will most likely annoy everyone in the office. Some people have no talent or expertise and like to use
their kindness and overly helpful capabilities to move themselves up the corporate ladder, but this will only get them so far before their true characteristics are brought to the table.
There is a fine line however between the ass-kisser and the kick-asser. These rock stars can sometimes be characterized as an ass-kisser when in fact they are actually LOVE their job and are kicking ass at performing outstanding results. Their work is impeccable and they are able to build trusting relationships with management, giving them more responsibilities. There is a strong difference between the two.
The world is filled with all types of different personalities. We spend more time with our co-workers than we do with our own family and we all have to get along. Take the high road and use your common sense. Know when to engage, when to walk away and when to approach management with your concerns. After all, how boring would it be if everyone was as perfect as you?