THE OFFICE GOSSIP
That’s me. I am all seeing and know what’s happening with everyone in the office. I like to share the wealth and come with gifts of information about the slacker, the interrupter, the micromanager, the bully, and the nosy person.
Avoiding work is a full-time job for THE SLACKER. He or she is happy to let everybody else pick up the slack, and don’t seem to care what coworkers or their managers think of them. If they can get away with it, they will.
Sure, every once in a while it’s OK to get excited and interrupt what someone else is saying, but THE INTERRUPTER is constantly talking over everyone else: during meetings, in casual conversation, and on the phone. You just want to pull your hair out.
THE MICROMANAGER is always sending updated requests, giving unwanted input, and nitpicks your work. Not only is this frustrating on a personal level, but it also weakens your authority and growth to everyone you work with.
Nope, sorry, high school ain’t over. THE BULLY can be found in workplaces, too. They’re the ones who make snide comments to your face or behind your back, constantly critique your work, question your judgment, and so forth.
THE NOSY PERSON
You spend 40-plus hours a week with or near your co-workers, you’ve got a right to keep the private details of your life, well, private. Unfortunately, THE NOSY PERSON can’t respect this boundary and will ask you inappropriate questions about your romantic choices, your health and weight, your salary, your decision to have a family (or not), and other topics you’d rather not discuss.