There are an endless amount of characters in the workplace.
There’s the lady you find in the break room, always on a diet and commenting on your weight (God help you if you are proportionate, she will eat you alive). The guy who shows off way too many baby pictures of his not-that-cute-kid. The girl who stays in her office with the door shut, even during fire drills. And the dreaded over-talker who never gets the hint (which might explain why that one girl stays in her office).
We all play roles in our workplaces, many of which are unique to only our office. But there’s a standard cast of characters as well. You can find varieties of them anywhere you go, but they all share the same skill sets. They are the ones who will succeed and the ones who will fail.
In lieu of filling you with fluffy “this is what a successful person looks like” talk, I thought I’d take the opposite route. The following is a list of people who stand out for all the wrong reasons. Fair warning: If you don’t know who this person is at your office, it might be you.
1. The gossip
The gossip is constantly seeking out information on their colleagues’ personal and professional lives — then sharing that information with the office. These personalities spend a majority of their time talking about the politics of the office rather than actively engaging in their work, and tend to carry a less-than-professional reputation. Team members struggle to trust this person and their often skeptical view of the workplace, and may stray from partnering with them or promoting them.
2. The pushover
The pushover is the ultimate yes-man. They struggle to say no to new tasks, to bad ideas, and to disrespectful coworkers. While their tendency to stray from opinionating may be masked as kindness, their lack of input is inherently damaging to their team for several reasons. They tend to struggle with managing priorities, often causing them to fall behind. They aren’t a functional set of second eyes, or a solid ideation partner. Plus, they can garner the bad reputation of being a suck up to senior employees.
3. The stick in the mud
Quite the opposite of the pushover, the stick in the mud is resistant to the ideas of others. They like the processes that they are used to and actively work to keep them in place — often at the cost of progress. Sticks in the mud spend a lot of time enforcing guidelines and struggle to trust their team members and direct reports, keeping them from producing the best possible work. They are the definition of micromanagement.
4. The victim
No matter the victim’s role, they see everything that happens to them in the professional realm as absolutely not their fault. They have a difficult time taking responsibility for missed deadlines or professional mistakes, and they have a bad habit of passing the blame to other members of the office. They think the rules do not apply to them and usually lose the trust of their team — fast.
5. The smartypants
The smartypants thinks — no, knows— that they’re the most intelligent person in the room. For the smartypants, it’s their way or the highway. If something is done wrong, it’s because the team didn’t stick to their plan. And if something is done right, it’s because of their stroke of genius. The smartypants is quick to write others off and can act arrogant in meetings and interpersonal relationships, making it difficult for them to gain the trust of others or implement their brilliant ideas. But they tend to not realize that; they see themselves as charming and use that charm to excuse their condescension.
6. The hothead
The hothead could be 60 years old and still not understand how to control their temper. This person is prone to volatile behavior in the office when something doesn’t go their way, and they have a difficult time properly managing office relationships with those around them. The hothead manifests their emotions through temper tantrums, screaming matches or tears. As a manager, the hothead rules with terror, often stopping up their team’s best work.
7. The politicker
While ambition (and a plan to manifest that ambition) is important to any career, the politicker takes this ambition to another level. For them, the entirety of their career is about climbing to the top, and they will do so by whatever means necessary. They are prone to claiming credit for ideas that aren’t theirs, repeating information in meetings to look good in front of stakeholders, throwing others under the bus and refusing to help others to inflate the appearance of their performance. People remember the politicker’s antics — and they always catch up to them.
Source: Fairy God Boss