In our lives, we meet people from all walks of life, those we don’t click with, we can always choose to walk away and those we like, we remain close to them. In a work environment, you don’t such luxury. If you don’t like a person, you might even have to grit your teeth and smile as you work alongside with the coworker. Even if you do like the person, depending on your job nature, you might not want to get in too close with the person at all.
Today, in lieu of the fun spirit of the festive season, I shall list the different types of colleagues you may have in your office. You may find some of the characters rather familiar.
Nothing is too little for her to exaggerate. Even if someone has a mild verbal warning from the boss, you can be sure it will be turned into Mount Everest. Usually makes the best team with Gossip Royalty.
Location: Sales Department, Marketing, Public Relations
Identifier: Loud dressing with equally loud chunky accessories
I choose to use Royalty because I do know a couple of guys who are much bigger gossips than we ladies. Haha! Nothing is too small a detail for them, they even noticed a manicure that Tom from HR got over the weekend. Nothing is too private for them, even Janet from admin suffers from constant diarrhea is a gossip fodder to them.
Location: Finance, Accounting, HR
Identifier: Always surrounds themselves with groupies to hang on to each gossip. You can always find them in the pantry or hanging around the coffee machine.
They often gasped in delight or commented how easy every task is until you ask them to help. The only way they chipped in a group project is by using their mouth to instruct people or provides useless opinions.
Location: Management, Sales Department, Marketing
Identifier: Often decked in the latest fashion trend and never seen in the same outfit more than twice in a month. May have a little sidekick following around.
They are mean, not the usual I-am-not-feeling-too-good-so-I-am-mean-to-you but the daily I-just-hate-being-here mean. They pretend not to hear you when you call out to them. They prefer to slink into their cubicle and hope no one sees them because they hate to be disturb. If you ask them for a favour, they will reject you unless it is an order from his boss.
Location: Almost everywhere except retail, customer service, Sales Department
Identifier: They wear a black grouchy face to work every single day. You can’t miss it!
Often mistaken as The Meanie due to their shy nature. They just hate people interactions, especially with strangers. They can deal with 1 to 1 but avoid office parties at all costs.
Location: Accounting, Admin, Finance, Logistics, Warehousing
Identifier: They tend to blend in a wee bit too much. Try looking beyond the crowds, you might spot them.
He swaggers into the office every morning. He hardly breaks a sweat even you told him that the BIG boss is looking for him. He always have a twinkle in his eyes for the ladies and would stop at nothing in order to get you to go out with him.
Location: Sales, Public Relations, HR, Retail
Identifier: The male scent or the overpowering perfume of his is enough to sniff him from miles away.
She’ll never say no. To anything. She’ll run errands for you even it means to walk in the pouring rain and walk 5 miles to get your favourite cupcake. She’ll come to work on a Saturday to do filing for you from A to Z and not claim overtime. Bosses love her enough to keep her but never enough to promote her.
Location: Reception, Admin, Accounting, Customer Service
Identifier: Her desk is either in the shade of Princess Pink or Sunshine Yellow.
As this post is long, I am splitting it into two parts. Any character you think I have not pointed out? Input in your comments below and I shall put it in part two before I publish it out.
(Please do note that this article is meant to be taken in a lighthearted way and is no intention to label anyone or diminish anyone’s personality.)