It’s in human nature to classify things; a system developed, to help us process information quicker and easier. Every person we meet, we try to put it in some kind of group, especially at the workplace. Though we differ in terms of our uniqueness yet it’s in the nature of human to categorize people.
We spend 40 hours on the average with coworkers every week; they influence, inspire, criticize or demoralize us. It is therefore for important to identify them and know how to deal with each and every one of them to ensure a friendly and productive environment.
Here are few types of types of co-workers at workplace and how to handle them
- THE QUIET ONE
They usually introverted people who mind their business and will never bore you with their stories. They only talk about important things especially work related. You never know what’s really on their mind, because they never speak it. It is therefore important to respect their personality and deploy a lot of emotional intelligence when dealing with them. When the make mistakes empathizes with them but criticize them constructively
- THE EARLY BIRD
This category of people are usually the first to be the office consistently regardless of the distant they have to travel to work. When they are late then they have a tangible reason for that. They are time conscious and task-oriented. One therefore needs to keep to time when you have a meeting with me
- THE TACKLER
A “tackler” is a coworker who attacks you personally while arguing an issue, these colleagues are so determined to score points with the boss that they block whatever you toss out for consideration and tackle you instead of the problem. Don’t stop suggesting great ideas just because you have a co-worker like this. Try to move the emphasis away from people and back to the issue or idea, or talk with the co-worker privately. Tacklers usually have many friends in high places ,it is therefore advisable to concentrate on doing ones job and make more friends, as an ongoing feud with them could hurt one’s ability to advance however if the situation becomes unbearable seek help from resource persons.
- THE BROWN NOSER
A brown noser coworker is noted to behave in a very friendly, flattering, or kind manner to his or her superior in order to gain favor or benefit Brown nosing is a time-tested shortcut to success, relying on ingratiation and flattery instead of talent and hard work to curry favor with authority in the workplace, meaning supervisors, managers, bosses and anyone else with the power to help or hurt. Thus the disdain, at times downright fury, of co-workers going the hard-work-and-talent route: It’s not fair. Not to mention undignified. If you are a superior it is advisable not to ask a brown nosers for a genuine opinion because they will tell you what you want not what you have to hear.
- THE DRAMA COWORKER
The drama coworkers are usually anxious and aren’t able to self-regulate their own emotions, so when something happens, they may feel as if their world is ending. A little mistake from a colleague is on unacceptable to them. Because they hardly think outside the box for solutions when problems arise, they turn to make issues out of nothing. What they do is they spray their anxiety onto other coworkers depleting their energy through needless conflict, hysteria, and speculation. It is therefore advisable to understand their need, protect oneself emotionally from them and to avoid buying into their chaos,
Dealing with a colleague who isn’t giving his all can be frustrating, but don’t presume to know the root causes of his behavior — slacking doesn’t always indicate laziness. It may be an issue at home or it could stem from difficulties at work. Perhaps the person is struggling to understand a new assignment or to learn a new skill set. Hence one should empathize with them by choosing conversation instead of confrontation when dealing with them. It is important to be flexible and to stick to the facts.
This coworker is resentful and insecure; they want what their colleagues have. More than that, they believe they should have what they have. Even a simple “Congratulations” can feel insincere or even hostile. So what do you do? Limit your communication with that kind of co-worker and do your part to keep your talks friendly. If the envious coworker starts to attack you personally, try to guide the conversation back to the issue at hand, taking emotion out of the conversation, if the situation doesn’t change, leave. If things escalate to the point where you can no longer do your job effectively, consider talking with an HR manager or your supervisor.
- THE IMPOSER
You helped a co-worker get acclimated to the office or with a difficult project and she won’t stop knocking on your door. Imposers take unfair advantage of your time, talent and good nature. Colleagues such as these are just plain self-centered and inconsiderate of others. The simplest solution is to apologize then decline to help.
- THE HARD WORKER
Hard workers have impressive work ethics, but are usually obsessed with work neglecting their health and social life. Though working hard is good one should look at being an efficient worker instead. Encourage them to have a social life and also geared towards being efficient.
Talking about people from colleagues to superiors with a sympathetic fellow employee can feel really, really good. Unfortunately, in the long run, gossiping will only harms reputation and career. It tends to make you appear less professional, you’ll lose some of your trustworthiness, and you’ll even make a few enemies (because gossip goes round and round).
PRINCIPLES OF POSITIVE CO-WORKER RELATIONSHIPS
- Respect People’s Differences Each of us may approach life and work differently. While it may be a challenge for some of us to work with people who don’t think the way we do, everyone deserves to have his or her feelings and values respected.
- Co-Workers talk to each other on a casual basis. Say “Good Morning!” with a smile. You don’t need to have regular conversations with every co-worker, but acknowledge their presence and be positive when talking to them. Sometimes a co-worker can be having a terrible day, and just one positive comment or compliment can make a dreadful day bearable.
- Listen to your co-workers when they talk to you. You’ll never earn respect or understand others until you give them your full attention. Appreciate Others No one person can or should do everything in a workplace. Just as you want support and appreciation for the job you do each day, show the same consideration for your co-workers.
- Pitch In and Help Out don’t let people down when you offer to do something extra or volunteer for a project. Be careful, however, that you don’t come across as someone who wants to do it all or someone who only knows the right way a project should be done.
- Live Up to Your End of the Job, your employers have certain expectations of you and so do your co-workers. Always do your job to the best of your abilities. Don’t look for the easy way out or ask a co-worker to do a part of your job. Be a problem solver and remember to seek improvement in all you do.