Each office you go to seems to have the same types of people with the same personalities, as if there's some sort of pre-defined cast list for workplaces. Question is, which one are you?
1. The health nut.
This person casually talks about the 12-mile run she went on that weekend, as if it’s no big deal. She's often seen getting around the office in her sneakers and gym gear, as if at any moment she’ll be called out to compete in a marathon. It’s not all bad though. She's also the first person to offer you crazy vitamins you've never heard of when you’re sick.
2. The forever unorganized.
Her desk is a messy mountain of coffee-stained mugs and crumb-laden plates, and don’t even get us started on her desktop, which looks like she's creating some sort of mind map out of icons. She'll forget every meeting and ask where you’re going when you get up to leave, despite the fact she received a calendar reminder five minutes prior. Even though she messes up a number of tasks due to her absent-mindedness, you can’t help but let it go because she is otherwise so delightful.
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3. The snitch.
This person comes across as your friend, but deep down she is so in the boss’ back pocket. Att the first opportunity to throw you under a bus, she will cling to it with both hands. She'll be extra nice to you in front of the boss, too, so that when you try to defend yourself when the bus-throwing incident occurs, you end up looking like the crazy liar. Best to play nice, but always be on guard with this one.
4. The work wife.
This is the person you get out of bed for, even when you feel like taking a sick day. Or if you take a fake "sick day," you can count on her to back up your story. Quality banter, trips to the kitchen for coffee (aka gossip sessions), and lunchtime adventures make this colleague one you love having around. If she ever leaves, you can bet there will be a hole in your workplace heart.
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5. The motherly figure.
Whether you’re sick, tired, hungry, or stressed, you can bet this nurturing colleague is there to lift your spirits and fuss over you — whether that’s with cold and flu medication or just a sympathetic email. She's the one who is constantly baking and bringing plates of homemade goodies that cheer up the whole office. She's always making sure everyone is going home on time and drinking enough water.
6. The loudmouth know-it-all
It doesn’t matter what the subject is, this colleague seems to be a walking Wikipedia page. She shoots off “facts” that are rather questionable but does it in a matter-of-fact way that makes you wonder if perhaps she does know what she's talking about. It doesn’t matter if she wasn't involved in a conversation, you can bet she'll involve herself anyway. In meetings, she has an uncanny knack for making the whole painful process go a lot longer than it needs to be, because she can’t help but provide commentary about every little thing. She's exhausting at best and intolerable at worst.
7. The faker.
If looking busy was a sport, this colleague would win gold. Somehow, she manages to look occupied all day, but nothing really seems to get done. She's a master at delegating and pushing back to make others do her work. And more frustratingly, she seems to be a favorite with the boss, who’s clueless to her lazy ways.
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8. The constant complainer.
No matter what the task is, this colleague has a way of always seeing the glass half empty. When change comes, she spends countless hours trying to convince everyone in the office that it’s a terrible decision. She seems to find fault in anything and everything, even when good things happen.
8. The gossip.
Every office has its fair share of politics and rumors, and this colleague makes it her business to know every last secret. You can bet she knows who's dating who, what everyone gets up to in their personal lives, and when someone's about to get the chop even before they do. She is the oracle of what's happening at the workplace and the idiosyncrasies of all those who work there. If you ever want to find something out or want information to be leaked, you head straight to her. After all, she can't help but share all that knowledge that's floating around in her brain.
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9. The overachiever.
First one in and last one to leave — that's the motto of this colleague. When the boss asks her to do something, it's highly likely that it's already been done or will be done at the speed of light. It's like she makes it her unofficial mission to make you, the slightly inefficient one, look bad. It's not even like she tries, though — this is just who she is.
This post was written by Amber Manto. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.
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