“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The Golden Rule states that we should treat people the way we want to be treated, and though that seems easy enough, it doesn’t always happen. In a perfect world, we would all treat each other with dignity, respect, kindness and consideration, but in the world we have to deal with imperfect people not only in our daily interactions, but also in the workplace. We can all identify colleagues who make can make the hair on our neck stand on end with their antics, but the funny thing nobody knows that they’re driving everyone in the office down the high of no return with some of their antics. Do you recognize any of these people from your workplace?
First up is Talking Ted. He never shuts up. No matter what the subject matter is, he has opinion, and not matter who’s talking, Ted is talking, too. He suffers from verbal diarrhea because he mouth never stops running, and when you see him you want to run and hand him a bottle of Keopectate to see if that can help.
Next is Fidgety Fiona. She’s the tapper—pencil, pen, tips of her nails. She’s also a shaker. Sitting next to her in a meeting is like sitting next to vibrator. She can’t stop moving and as much as you’d like to shake her to make her sit still, you know that it won’t like and she’ll probably like it!
Messy Marvin thinks he has a personal maid or butler, but he thinks he does. He’s the one who takes advantage of the free coffee in the morning, adding cream and sugar, but leaving empty sugar packets, granules, and cream ups in his wake. Cleaning up behind himself is akin to sin.
Negative Ned never has anything good to say. Makes you want to shoot yourself with a water gun and take yourself out of the misery of his company. When you see him coming you just want to stick your fingers in your ears, close your eyes and just make stupid noises to drown out his negative commentary.
Let’s face it; we don’t always love the people we work for, or the things that they make us do, so the last thing we want to do is hear from Rah Rah Reese is the company cheerleader. No matter how ridiculous something sounds, it all sounds good to Rah Rah Reese. Rah Rah Reese is such a suck-up that every time you see him, you just want to hand him a pack of straws.
The workplace is a very interesting place with a cast of colorful characters. Do you see any of your co-workers or maybe you see yourself? Which member of the cast do you most hate or relate to?