All work places, with even a handful of employees, has certain personality types. It's amazing! Following are some of the most common personality types. Some of them seem humorous in print but they aren't that funny if you have to work with them. As you are reading, be honest with yourself. If you identify with any of the more negative types, you might want to consider making some changes.
- The brown-noser. This employee is constantly over-pleasing the boss. He/she consistently offers to do extra, finishes way ahead of deadline and exceeds quotas. On the surface, this sounds good. However...this employee also puts down fellow employees who do not act like this, to the boss. Be aware!
- The gossip. Most companies have many of these. The sad thing is how easy it is to get sucked into it. This employee's favorite opening line in conversation is "Hey, did you hear about so-and-so?" Put your radar up. He/she is about to talk smack about somebody with the unspoken expectation that you do the same. Also, at some point during their talking, you will probably hear something like "I'd appreciate if you keep this to yourself." Remember, gossip is harmful and basically not the right thing to do. And if someone is willing to talk about someone else, they are willing to talk smack about you too.
- The slacker. This employee spends more time working at not working. Tasks are performed shoddily or left unfinished. Blaming others for mistakes is common with this type of employee. He/she spends exorbitant amounts of time in the bathroom, takes frequent extra breaks and is usually the first to clock out.
- The no-nonsense employee. This person comes to work on time every day, does their job well and typically keeps to him/herself. Their quietness can be interpreted as haughty or standoffish but they rarely make waves or pass judgment on others.
- The know-it-all. Feel free to substitute the words b***h or a*****e at your discretion. This employee constantly tells others how to do their job, even if they have no knowledge or experience with a particular job. They will move heaven and hell to "prove" to you they are right and will argue every thing, including their own names. But if anyone dares to point out a mistake to this employee, she/he runs crying to the boss. Unless, of course, it IS the boss, then he/she just takes it out on everyone else.
- The drunk. This is probably the most sad and frustrating employee. They either douse themselves in mints and cologne to avoid detection or they are loud, obnoxious or scary. They need help that they frequently don't want and can be very painful to work with.
You are probably aware of other types as well, but these seem to be the most common in all lines of work. Since most of us dedicate 40+ hours per week to our work, we'd realistically prefer to spend these hours with a sense of calm. We need to know and accept, that we cannot change anyone but ourselves. So, if you want a sense of peace in your work environment, strive to be the best you possible. As you do this, you will be amazed at how the behaviors and attitudes of others, rolls right off your back. It's not always easy to make changes within ourselves. But it is always so worth the effort.