Do you work with people that annoy you?
If your co-workers are driving you crazy, you are not alone. Career experts Christine Lambden and Casey Conner have thirty combined years of consulting experience and have encountered and worked with people of all personalities. They have authored a new book together called,
Everyday Practices of Extraordinary Consultants, and they are revealing their list of “The Thirteen Most Annoying People To Work With”:
- Pontification Person – This person goes on and on, telling you what they are going to say, saying it and then telling you what they said.
- Um Person – To avoid losing control of the conversation, this co-worker fills every pause with “Um,” not realizing that they might be able to think better if they weren’t talking.
- Too Much Detail Person – ‘nuff said.
- 50,000 Foot-Only Person – He or she is eloquent when you talk about the big picture, but refuses to allow anyone to get into the details…which we all know is where the real work gets done. Unless you’re the CEO of a multi-national corporation, you have to be willing to work at any altitude.
- Hypnotized-by-Email-Person – If you go to the trouble to think of a meeting topic, send out an invitation, invent an agenda and prepare slides, you naturally expect people who show up for your meeting to pay attention while you talk. Wireless technology has made it possible for people to multi-task very effectively, but there is nothing more defeating than presenting to the tops of the people’s heads because everyone at the conference table is hunched over his or her laptop.
- Buzzword Person – This employee is annoying in meetings, team rooms and in cubicles. In fact, this person is just plain annoying all the time.
- Foul Language Person – Much like Buzzword Person, this co-worker is obviously too lazy to think of the right words to express what they are thinking, if indeed they are thinking at all, but this person isn’t trying to impress you with his knowledge. They aren’t trying to impress you at all. They don’t care what you think of them.
- Reiteration Person – If the only contribution you have to make at work is to restate what has already been said, you don’t have any contribution to make.
- Too-Busy-To-Be-Prompt Person – If you are always late to work or every meeting, there is something wrong with the way you manage your schedule or time. Fix this behavior. It’s rude.
- Can’t-Control-the-Meeting Person and their arch-nemesis Wants-To-Take-Over-the-Meeting Person.
- Secondary-Conversation People – These folks are only annoying if their conversation is less interesting than the meeting.
- Disagrees-With-Everything Person – This co-worker honestly believes he is just being practical, or serving as the Voice Of Reason, or playing Devil’s Advocate. This may be true sometimes, and even helpful occasionally, but when it becomes a habit, everyone else just tunes them out. Don’t give up your influence by being this person.
- Obscure Metaphor Person – This employee is as annoying as the fool in a troupe of Morris dancers. (See? Wasn’t that annoying?).
Have you worked with any of the personality types on this list? What do you think is the most annoying work personality?