Career Lifestyle

5 types of people you need to watch out for at work

So, we are back after an extremely long break. I hope you are doing good as you are reading this. Let’s all have a virtual high five! Relax and enjoy today’s post.

Every social setting we find ourselves, we are bound to meet different kinds of people. Their family, cultural, religious, moral, educational, class, in a nutshell, social backgrounds vary from one employee to another. You find out that in your office, there are people who went to university abroad, some who did the thing locally, and others who didn’t even go at all. Religion, culture, ethnicity, values and what have you, play a huge role on how people act towards others. In today’s post, I’m going to highlight five kinds of people you need to watch out for in the office. As I point them out and you reflect, you may even find yourself in one of them. Let’s go:

The Bully/The Bulldozer

The bully is rude, arrogant, so full of himself/herself. S/he places priorities above others and often makes rude, condescending remarks, whenever things are not working out. S/he always shouts and talks down on other employees. Watch out for these patterns and how to deal with them. Do not avoid these kind of people per se, but don’t waste time to tell a superior, like your HR Manager, unit lead or manager about the bully in the room. Yes, confront the bully and don’t exchange punches please, rather, tell him that you feel annoyed with his behavior and tell him your mind. Sometimes, we do not want to create awkward situations or further fights. To prevent getting angry during the confrontation, you may decide to take the SMS, Skype, WhatsApp route. We all do these: when we want to pour out our minds, we send long messages. You are less likely to get angry by a person’s conversational tone in a text conversation than a physical conversation.

The gossip

Yes, we all like the occasional goss. Oftentimes, employees channel their gossiping towards top management. Employees often talk about their managers, the personal lives of their managers, how underappreciated they are by management, who deserves promotion and who doesn’t. The kind of yarns spun by certain employees should be looked out for. You may do well dissociate yourself from people who gossip in the office. An occasional goss is normal, but make sure not to roll with people who make this a hobby. Once you’re identified as a gossip, you’d be tagged as one of the bad eggs by not only top management, but co-workers.

The Rebel

Certain times, we disagree with ideas, projects, processes and work methods which are not in concordance with our values, aspirations, culture and religious beliefs, but it is expected of an employee to be able to compromise during certain occasions. Make sure not to be the rebel who goes against everything proposed by the company, and also try your best to not look up to people who do this. As a rebel, you are the equivalent of an enemy of a nation, you are fighting alone and sooner, you’d be shown the backdoor (the backdoor, because you will be dismissed in a shameful way).

The negative/The pessimist

There’s always one person who kills the positive vibes with their incessant negativity. The negative one is quick to see how things are not being properly done within the company. They always whine about the company’s policies, projects and processes, and they want to indoctrinate others to harbouring their beliefs. They are the Scooby Doo of the unit, always promoting pessimism, always quick to point out how things will not work. Run away from them as fast as you can, if not, you will start thinking like them.

The meritocrat

Meritocratic people have a sense of entitlement. You hear stuff like: “as an employee in _______ level, this is what I’m supposed to do, and what is not expected of me. “This is how our company should do things, even if the industry does otherwise”. Meritocratic people do not compromise. A little bit of compromising on the processes and policies of the company and industry, is needed to accomplish missions at times, and a meritocrats unwillingness to bend over could be a deterrent to company objectives. They are stoic and assumably morally upright people who believe that everything should be done according to what’s written in the books. Do you know anyone who is like this? A bit of cajoling could do. A lot of persuasion can help you penetrate them. A sort of intervention could work out to make them bend. Such people find themselves out through the backdoor without expecting it. And guess what? Nobody remembers them.

You may not see yourself in any of these, but will definitely see others in this post. Your comments and debates are welcome in the comments section. Have a wonderful day.






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