Our major part of the day is spent at our workplace, and for most people, the downfall comes when they tend to get too comfortable. We have all encountered obnoxious colleagues, whom we have collectively disliked and hated, and more workplace friendships have been formed upon the common hatred for a particular person. And despite wishing, hoping and praying that the person will get fired or leave the job, it doesn’t happen and you have to endure them. Have you ever thought that you can be one of those, without even knowing it? What are the things that can make a colleague unlikeable even if they are good at their job?
Here are a few things not to be at work:
- The self-proclaimed boss: These are the people who believe that they are halfway up there to be the next boss, or rather to show their capability to boss around, they boss around people. The thing they don’t know is domineering won’t get them a promotion.
- The Intruder: The people who hover around, trying to look over your shoulder to whatever you are doing on your computer or texting a colleague or talking to the boss. They probably think that office space is a common work space and unlike home, no one is entitled to a personal space.
- The Recluse: There is something very disturbing and puzzling about the guy who sits alone in a corner and doesn’t talk or the girl who would always go away to have her lunch alone. These are the kinds of people who do not come socialise with colleagues after work hours, nor they go to work dinners, and outings and picnics are like going to hell.
- The Flirt: Maybe it’s an ice breaker or his or her way to chill, maybe the work is too boring and it’s the one thing which you enjoy, but it is just plain uncomfortable and unethical at a workplace, and if you are serious, do it after working hours.
- Be late or leave early… way too much: You are not entitled, not privileged to do this. It just creates a sort of class system at the workplace, if not then everyone just starts following suit and the whole office goes slack.
- At work but not at work: These kind tend to be on phone either talking or texting on personal matters. Apparently, the job is not a priority but one has to work, for some if not for a living, for show. Their excuses range from one crisis to another, from friends breaking up to family emergencies. Most people in the office probably have full knowledge about their personal woes. These are also the people who don’t take leaves but try to remotely control the situation.
- Dress drab: Though uniforms are extinct, and to not allow a certain piece of clothing can be called sexist, but it doesn’t mean one can wear whatever one wants to. See-through t-shirts, showing off a gym built body or a top with golden glitters because you are going clubbing right after working hours is just not right, [and can be a distraction for other workers].
- Be emotional: Do not get angry. Do not sulk.
- Gossip: This is the most common type we find in the office. Offices probably are these mysterious place which makes most of us curious, and as things aren’t really out there, clearly obscured and kept locked due to the hierarchies and cliques present, it can easily aggravate some people’s curiosity, resulting in trying to find out what people think and then asking others for verification.
- The Social Media Executive: The people who are addicted to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or probably to their mobile phones and can’t stop looking at it every few minute, or even few seconds for some, or some don’t even bother to take their eyes off from the little device. If you gave them a look of judgement or probably a hint that they should work, they will smile, turn and include you in a selfie, that’s their way of being constructive and inclusive.
- Pandering to the seniors in office: Pandering would be a nice word for sucking up or buttering, as we commonly say. Either you do it privately in their office or in front of everyone; it’s just plain wrong, the ideal route is to show your capability via your work.
- Favouritism: When one picks an employer or a colleague on the basis of liking the person than the professional skills.