This person likes to make noises at work - the angry and fed-up kind. Mostly they do it for attention, so that someone (literally anyone) would just ask them “What’s wrong?” Yes it is pathetic, but they want to share their problems and drop them onto your lap - as if you have time to listen. Solution: Next time you hear a sigh from the cubicle next to you - just turn a deaf ear and get on with your work. We all have work and we want to get on with it, so the faster you finish, the sooner you can get away from huffer.
“How exactly do you shape your nails into that point?” “Did you buy the filer from the pharmacy?” “Was there a discount going on?” - Sound familiar? Well then you are in the company of the classic questioner. These people just love knowing everything and anything - their questions are limitless. Solution: Cut to the chase and just tell them outright that you are busy. There are times when you just have to be harsh to get on with your work. Personally, I make sure that I am not rude and make the person understand that I will answer their questions later as I am busy.
It’s too cold. My shoes are tight. The sun is yellow. Indeed. Complainers have the unique talent of finding fault in everything. Their personality is similar to the questioner; however they direct negative energy in comparison to the innocent curiosity of the questioner. Solution: The best way to deal with a complainer is simple: ignore them. They probably complain about being ignored, but hey - that’s their nature. It is important to stay away from these individuals because they not only ruin your mood by their complaining, but they ruin the fun of working as well.
There are always people who settle for a job rather than accept it and be happy. They think they are too good for it, from petty comments about the manager to their outlandish ideas of running a business. These people insist that they can do better, but in reality, if they could - wouldn’t they be doing it by now? Solution: Just nod along. If you participate in their behavior, you will just end up making yourself unhappy at work - even when you are happy in your job. Truth is, these people are not happy with their life and can’t do much about it, so they go on making other miserable to feel better. Stay away!
Tale as old as time - the office gossip is probably the first annoying person in history. They want to know about everything and pass on information like the local BBC network. Office gossips like to make their way into your life, learn the facts and then pass them on to everyone else. Solution: Keep your life to yourself. Don’t indulge the office gossip with tales of your past, or of others in the office. Instead take the high road and refuse to talk about others. This way you know that no one will talk about you since there is nothing to talk about!
Working can be fun, but it can also be very very difficult. More often than not, the challenges we face at work are actually not even related to the actual job - the problems are related to the people we work with. It often feels like school all over again, where the teacher makes you sit with a certain someone as punishment - except this time you have to do work, but the on the plus side, you get paid to do it.
Working is similar, except changing seats is not an easy option and you have to be adult about handling situations. Gone are the days when you could pull pigtails and push someone in the dirt - we have to act grown up in the office no matter how tempting those options sound!
So you got an annoying colleague - so what?! Almost everyone does, so you should try to as well. Here are the 5 stereotypical types of annoying colleagues you could encounter and how to handle them: