Working in an environment where people are not easy to get along with, or are hard to deal with is not only stressful but also makes you dread going to work. You would be constantly wishing that you work in a different company or even wishing that colleague of yours gets fired. This is quite normal as the workplace is a hodgepodge of different kinds of people that have different attitudes, you just have to learn how to deal with it with aplomb to keep your workplace running harmoniously.
1. The Office Liar
This kind of person is the one who speaks convincingly, but rarely delivers. They constantly talk about the famous people they’ve met and the places they’ve been to. If you can avoid dealing with them, do so, but if you can’t, make sure that everything is in black and white, and remember to make sure that you are safe and covered if they bail out on you.
2. The Whiner
The whiner is the guy in the office who constantly complains about everything, starting with the air conditioning, computer, tables and even the chairs. Whiners spend too much of their time complaining that work productivity is reduced. Stock up on positivism and prepare solutions for all their mindless complaints. The whiner will eventually get your point.
3. The Flatterer
This is the type who seems to be born with sugar on their lips – especially when in the presence of persons of authority. They constantly praise and compliment the boss in the hopes of currying favor from them. Don’t try to compete with them, build a relationship with your boss based on mutual respect and talent alone. A good boss will know the real deal anyway.
4. The Lazy Boy/Girl
This one lets everyone work while they dish out excuses why they couldn’t help or contribute to the project. What makes it more interesting is that once the project is finished, they are usually the ones who speak the loudest on their accomplishments. It would be best to talk to him first and find out if this laziness is chronic, or is it just a phase in his working life. If it is chronic, then it might be a good idea to include the whole team in a discussion on motivations and goals. If it’s just a phase, it might be prudent to just talk to him and let him know that his laziness is affecting the team and the project. After that, keep your fingers crossed.
Whatever kind of people you might get in contact with at work, remember that you are still your own person and that you are only responsible for yourself. If you think your colleague is causing problems that could backfire on you, make sure that you are prepared for it. Do not keep on covering for them. At the end of the day, your performance is what matters and it’s something that you could be proud of.