5 People You Should Avoid At Work

If you’re like most people, you spend 40 hours a week at your job, which likely means spending more time with your coworkers than your own friends and family. Work can be a great place to meet new people, but be sure to avoid these types of toxic personalities.

The Bully

He or she may be your boss, or someone who just like to boss others around. The bully makes you feel uncomfortable to speak up or share your ideas, and leaves you out of team meetings or projects on purpose.

Jesika Jorgenson, career services director for Globe University, says these people may not even know they’re doing it.

“If you feel comfortable, pull them aside and tell them how you’re feeling,” she says. “If it really gets out of hand, you may also want to bring it up to your supervisor.”

The Gossip

We all know the harm gossip can cause in the office. Steer clear of those who thrive on it and who are just there to talk.

“Gossipers can be attractive to you because they like to chat,” says Jorgenson. “But chatting can turn into gossip before you know it. Just be aware, and don’t say anything about anyone that you wouldn’t say to his or her face.”

The Complainer

Nobody likes a complainer. Constant negativity can bring down office morale and can affect your personal attitude toward work. Jorgenson says you shouldn’t give in to complainers, add to it or apologize for things they complain about.

“Help these people see the positive side of things,” she suggests. “They mostly bring it upon themselves, so beyond that, there’s not much you can do.”

The Steamroller

The steamroller won’t let you have a voice. He or she likes to control the room and often takes your ideas and passes them off as his or her own.

“Work on different projects than steamrollers, if possible,” Jorgenson says. “Otherwise, try to have a conversation with them about how you’re feeling. Everyone should be able to have their own opinion.”

The Busy-Body

The employee who is always in everyone else’s business is not only annoying but could be harmful to your career. His or her nosey personality can distract you from doing your job.

“Stop sharing information with those who have to know everything,” Jorgenson recommends. “They’ll learn that you’re no fun to talk to because you don’t share anything interesting, and they’ll eventually fade away.”

Certain types of people at work can hinder your career success. Avoid them if you can, or confront them about their behavior. To learn more about Globe University and career support services visit www.globeuniversity.edu/about-us/career-services.