10 Coworkers that You should Avoid at all costs
The tattle tale
Employee is certainly not one to take into your confidence. I know from experience when I was in the workforce. I learned the hard way that confiding in the wrong person cost me a raise and then a good promotion. Guess whom it went to? The tattle tale. It's not enough that the tattle tale employee cannot keep their nose out of everyone's business, but when they use it against you for personal gain, well all I can tell you is please avoid coworkers who start conversations with these two words: "trust me."
The mountain climber
Is not as much dangerous as he or she is annoying. They are always looking for people to use in order to make it to the top. They have no real conscience, just a beaming wide smile that cannot be trusted. Avoid mountain climbers as much as possible. Unless you have this thing where you like to be looked down on and used for errands. I am telling you that today's office workers are stressed enough without having guys and gals like this guy who has so much self-ambition they cannot see three feet in front of them.
Love me some sexual harassment
Yes, my friends, sexual harassment is very evident in the workplace in 2013. It may not be implemented as open as it used to be, but you can bet it's still around. Do not be the victim of this menace that costs companies millions in lawsuits and causes insurance rates to skyrocket. And above all, stay away from a man or woman who seems just too friendly and touchy, feely for their own good. I state this fact because of my research that says nine out of ten employees who are way too friendly to the opposite sex for no reason is up to something. Take this as your early warning system. Your wake-up call. Turn the jerk or jerkette into the boss and his human resource managers. You just do the right thing and you will be okay.
Yes, almost every office has one. These guys and girls are clean-cut mostly and able to fool even an experienced F.B.I. profiler. They are office thieves. They steal supplies--pens, pencils, notebooks, staples, anything that they can use at home, but do not consider small things as thievery. But what is more alarming is that some office thieves venture into the dangerous world of stealing other employees' personal items such as watches, wallets, credit card information and such. Friends, these people also cost your place of business in the billions each year. Did you hear me say AVOID these low lifes?
The office liar
can connive with the best of them. You are sitting at your desk or in your cubicle working the day away when suddenly you are called "on the carpet" to the boss' office. You are then accused of taking extra minutes for break and lunch time. You are in shock. You have worked for this company for over 38 years and sure, you have taken a minute here and there, but you made it up with overtime with no pay. Who's to blame? The Office Liar who fished this fact out of your once best friend and told your boss "out of concern." The Office Liar is just like The Mountain Climber except more slippery. Now you have been warned.
Lone wolf employee
Is just that. A lone wolf. Distant, cold-natured, and not a friendly coworker. He or she is this way because they must be hiding something such as a bad temper that can become volatile when pushed too far. Stay your distance from a coworker who never eats lunch with the rest of the coworkers. Or never attends an office party. Grant them their wish of just wanting to be left alone and leave them alone. I have known employees like this and I like to have new friends, but not with people like the Lone Wolf Employee.
Flirty girls mean danger
to the single or married man in the workplace. If he allows it. Most guys love attention from the opposite sex. A smile, wink, or a brush of the shoulder by a silken hand. Men love it. They eat this up like hungry Dalmatians. But buddy. Flirty girls can get you into all sorts of trouble. What if one day you are asked to go on a business trip with a flirty girl from your office? Well here is what could happen. This girl can say that you made advances toward her and pal, your boss will take her word every time. And you will be out of a job, sued by this pretty vixen and then kicked out on the street by your wife of 16 years. is it worth it, male (or female) employees?
The childish employee
is tough to deal with on any given day. Don't ask me to define why he or she is very childish even at their age of 34. I guess it is because of their lack of attention when growing up. Or they were given their way as a child and learned that when they want things to happen for them, all they have to do is act childish. It works believe it or not. So do not get too close to a childish employee who maybe is the big boss' petted niece who is also a "gold digger." Be firm and be strong and she will learn you do not play her games.
The brown noser
is as powerful as our buddy, the "Mountain Climber." He or she knows that by sucking-up to the boss, they will ultimately get on the boss' good side no matter what they have to do. The brown nosing employee puts the boss first. At all times. He or she acts like the character "Dwight K. Shrewt," played by Rainn Wison on the Office. You have to watch who you talk to and what you are talking about. The brown noser is always on the prowl seeking new dirt to tell the boss about at any given hour of the day. When a brown noser comes around asking you fake friendly questions, reply in stupid, hard-to-figure-out phrases. Soon, no more brown noser.
The braggart employee
flourishes on praise from others. The braggart employee sees only themselves, only talks about themselves and that is all whom lives in their world: Themselves. Some braggart employees are so self-absorbed, they develop a shopping addiction for fine clothing, shoes and jewelry and will barge right up to you and ask, "aren't these earrings to die for?" In this case it is a woman braggart employee, but a male braggart employee might do the same thing. Go on and be friendly with them, but do NOT worship them or you are stuck with them on every break and lunch hour--gabbing about who else? Themselves. Watch for them and take appropriate measures.
Why did I write this story?
Very simple. My latest hub, "10 Bosses You Need to Stay Away From," was an attempt to help you get into the right job and this one is to help you when you are inside the workplace.
Yes, I tried to think of everything? Didn't I?
Didn't I go a great job? Huh?
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