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11 types of co-worker to avoid

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Lizzie Tasker Funny, Work Life

Have you ever experienced a nightmare colleague? Take a look at this week’s light-hearted blog and see if you recognise any of these (or yourself!). Have we missed anyone or do you have a funny story to share? Let us know in the comments below.

1. The Slacker

The one who has mastered the skill of looking busy without actually doing much at all. Not a team player, they’re happy for everyone else to make up for their lack of productivity.

2. The Chatterbox

You’ll hear them before you see them. Easily identified as they’re usually talking about anything and everything to anyone who’ll listen.

3. The Gossip

This person lives for office scandal, they know who’s dating who and who’s getting fired next. Don’t tell them anything in confidence or risk the whole company knowing within 5 minutes.

4. The Singer

The wannabe popstar; singing along to the radio or just humming to themselves. Either way, there’s nothing more frustrating than trying to concentrate whilst someone sounds like they’re auditioning for the ‘X-factor’ across the office.

5. The Moaner

Nothing kills a good vibe like a negative person constantly complaining about their workload, management, colleagues, the weather, or anything they can use to spread misery round the office.

6. The Oversharer

That colleague who has no filter and will happily share their embarrassing health issues, intimate relationship details through to family dramas (whether you asked for it or not!)

7. The Temperature Controller

A source of contention in most workplaces, there’s always someone too hot or too cold. Like a ninja, no one is ever sure exactly who whacked the heating up or down, but all you know is that there doesn’t ever seem to be a happy medium.

8. The Noisy One

With a lack of self-awareness, a noisy colleague will happily chew, chomp, sniff and slurp their way through the day. Once you’ve heard it, there’s no going back.

9. The Know-It-All

Can be useful, but mostly annoying. The know-it-all seems to have experienced every situation going, and their favourite phrase is ‘I told you so’.

10. The Office Comedian

Got a joke for every occasion. Can be funny, but usually isn’t.

11. The Food Offender 

Whether it’s that person following a faddy diet and only eating fish for a week, someone who leaves their dried on food stuck to the microwave or someone who forgets they’ve left their food going mouldy in the fridge for weeks, creating a pungent smell in the office kitchen is unforgivable.