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Look around your office right now and you’ll probably be able to indentify two, three, maybe even four of these colleagues in an instant. Off the clock these workers are relatively harmless, but during company time they’re best to be avoided if you want to work your way up the ladder. Read on to find out why…
The gossip comes in many guises, but they can usually be identified by where they choose to loiter – most notably by the water cooler or in the staff kitchen. Both of these locations are prime spots for idling away the time with a chat about the weather, the telly, or anything that will prevent The Gossip from actually having to do any work. During lunch The Gossip is always a source of entertainment, but avoid during work time unless you want to fall behind with your workload.
The Type A
The phrase ‘go big or go home’ was invented for the Type A. If you work with a Type A, they will most likely be your boss, or at the very least on a higher rank of the ladder than you. Type As turn up early, leave late and still find the time to go the gym, shine at the staff social and make you feel worthless at the same time. Type As can be really handy people to know, but avoid spending too much time with them unless you want to feel seriously overshadowed.
Unfortunately intimidation isn’t restricted to the school playground, and bullying in the workplace is all too common. The Bully may at first appear popular and friendly, but don’t be fooled – the only way they get their kicks is by bringing others down. Steer clear of any colleagues displaying bullying tendencies and be sure to notify your line manager or HR department if you find yourself under attack.
The Get Ahead Guy/Gal
Often confused with the Type A, this colleague is on a stealth mission to be the best – whatever the cost. Don’t share too much with them – whatever you give them they’ll spin so it looks like their brilliant idea. Be friendly – this weasley worker could one day be your boss – but never mention any work failures, as The Get Ahead Guy/Gal will use your weaknesses to their advantage. Ruthless, power-hungry and underhanded – this is one co-worker to steer clear of.
The Invalid has a habit of getting sick around an important deadline, and passing their germs on to everyone else. Often the weak link of the team, The Invalid tends to be very sensitive and can often be found moaning about their latest aliment when they should be working on that already overdue report. Not only will spending too much time with this colleague leave you curled up in bed using up costly sick days, but The Invalid could also bring down your mood, too.
Author Byline: James Duval is a business and technology writer who works in IT. In his spare time he blogs for Vinehouse and relaxes by playing Bob Dylan riffs on his guitar.