5 Most Annoying Types Of Colleagues (And How To Handle Them)

Starting a new job is always exciting, but soon you’ll discover that every workplace comes with colleagues who can quickly and easily destroy your work mojo. That’s why you secretly love to hate and hate to relate to the sitcom The Office, after all. It takes skill, patience and a huge sense of humour to endure some of these annoying co-workers you’ll spend time at the water cooler with, but here are some tips on how to make things a little easier!

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The Drama Queen

The Drama Queen specialises in turning the smallest things into big issues. They turn short meetings into long ones and simple emails into complicated rants. It may or may not usually be issues related to them and their workload, but it always dries up everybody’s energy and time. Beware! The Drama Queen can sometimes disguise themselves as The Gossip Queen, with the intention of causing drama by spreading stories through the grapevine. They may also appear as simply an over-friendly colleague, until the name-dropping begins.

Handle it like a pro: Run. And hide. But that usually doesn’t work if you work directly with them, so the next best thing is to stay out of any drama. In meetings, speak logically and get your point across clearly, then let the big bosses deal with it. It’s also better off to talk to your manager in private about any blown-up issues than to confront the Drama Queen head-on. If you foresee any gossip coming on, try to change the subject or don’t respond to it. Questions and curiosity will only further ignite them.

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