The 5 Worst Colleagues to Work With — and How to Avoid Being One of Them

The person who just woke up, but is pretending to be on schedule. The loud person who doesn’t realize that there are 10 other people in the room trying to do work….

We all have had those colleagues, whether in your academy classroom or a previous job. The ones who just don’t seem to get it. But often we’re so caught up in our own world of studying, working and socializing to realize just how easy it is to be that guy/girl. When it comes time to join a team in the medical office or facility, you want to make sure that you get along with everyone. So here’s a list of the five worst colleagues to work with — and how to avoid being one of them:

1. The Talker

You know the type. The one who thinks the question “How’s it going?” is an invitation to spill their ultimate life story. The one who would rather talk about anything at all rather than actually do work.

It’s important to be friendly with your co-workers, but be sure not to overdo it. Keep your answers concise and meaningful.

2. The Gossip

The office gossip can actually be quite fun to be around. They’ll lure you in with tidbits of information and keep you entertained for hours. However, as your boss will surely agree, this is not the best use of your time.

The best way to avoid becoming a gossip is to keep things to yourself. If someone tells you something personal, unless it’s going to affect your position in the workplace, it’s best to keep the secret. If you’re unsure of whether other people should be aware of something, talk to your boss or HR department first.

3. The One with the Smelly Food

This one is so obvious we don’t really need to dwell on it. Don’t put something stinky in the company fridge or microwave. Take home your containers every day. Remember that you’re sharing space with many people and last night’s leftovers don’t trump your need to be respectful.

4. The Complainer

Ugh, complainers. They waste time and never get anything done and go on and on and on about their own problems…

If you don’t want to be known as the complainer in the office, just save it for after work. Happy hour is the ultimate place to vent. Or you can always call your friends outside work or your family to complain.

5. The Slacker

“Check out this new app!”

“Man, I think I need to treat myself to a cappuccino before I can get anything done.”

The slacker is the worst title to have around the office. Not only will your co-workers resent you, but if it persists, you may find yourself packing up your stuff and heading back to the job hunt.

To avoid being the slacker, wake up a little earlier to prepare yourself for the day. Make to-do lists so that everyone knows what you’re working on and when it should be done. Do your job well and don’t ‘treat yourself’ on company time.

Have you worked with these five types of coworkers before? Or maybe you’ve even been one of them. Don’t worry — we all have from time to time. Just make sure to avoid these behaviors moving forward, so that you don’t gain an unfavorable label like “slacker” or “gossiper.” It’ll be better for your workplace and ultimately better for your career.