4 Types of Toxic People To Look Out For In The Workplace

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Every office has one or two or probably even more. Those challenging but also quite interesting co-workers who know how to shake up the workplace with drama. Unfortunately, these types of toxic people are mostly characterised by their greed, laziness and selfishness.

They are willing to do whatever it takes to bring you and others down for their own pleasures and benefits. If you have encountered these types of co-workers before, the experience will tell you that they are capable of draining and exploiting the ‘innocent and good’. Being unaware of their tactics can not only negatively affect your productivity and performance at work, but it also affects your self-esteem. It’s, therefore, important to quickly read into people’s actions and discern their motives.

Here are 4 of the (common) toxic co-workers that you should look out for:

The Lazy Girl (or Boy)

Don’t be fooled. The lazy girl or boy might be ‘lazy’ but they are also very ‘sleek’. These types of co-workers are masters when it comes to passing on their work to others. They want to be liked by everyone in the office. So they will accept jobs and assignments from people only because they can’t say NO, but also with the intention to strategically shuffle that work back onto someone else’s lap. This makes it look as if they saved the day at work even when they really didn’t do any of the work. They know how to skillfully get the credit for things they never did.

The Busy Body

These types of “precious” colleagues are quite similar to the lazy ones. The only difference is that the ‘busybodies’ ALWAYS…. I mean always complain that they are too busy. Too busy to help, too busy to support and probably also too busy to think! I know… I had to throw some shade in there. Anyway… busybodies always (did I say always?) have so much to do that they need your help with everything.

However, every work you do for them needs to be carefully monitored by them at all cost; one of the main characteristics of these co-workers is that they always need to be in control. And don’t expect them to help you out when you need a favour one day. One of their favourite phrases is “Hey [your name], I would love to help you, but I’m just too […..] fill in the blank”.

The Naysayer

Don’t be surprised when you encounter a lot of naysayers in the workplace or in the corporate world in general. Naysayers love to be negative. These are the types of co-workers who like things just the way they are because ‘that’s how it’s always been done’.

If you like to try new things or take risks, you’ll definitely have to take it up against the naysayer. Mostly, naysayers are the individuals who have been working at a certain company for a long period of time. And if you haven’t been working there for at least 10+ years (in their opinion), you have nothing to contribute!

The Promotion Digger

Promotion digger will never mess with you if you haven’t got their promotion ticket. I would personally describe these types of people as highly insensitive co-workers. They are goal minded and have their eyes set on one thing: promotion. They often pretend to be your friend only to discover how they can take advantage of you in order to achieve their goals. They will do almost everything and anything. From speaking badly about you to your fellow co-workers to sabotaging your work. But what makes it even more dangerous is that it’s all done secretly.

Promotion diggers will gossip and talk bad about other people to you, but still, act like they are their friends. Please, don’t be fooled. How they treat others is definitely how they will treat you.

It seems quite harsh and frankly, it is. But that’s exactly why it’s so important to be aware of these types of characters in the workplace, just so you can look out for yourself!

Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson is a marketing professional and the Founder and Editor of Corporate Career Girl. Her true passion is to empower career girls in the workplace and help them bridge the gap between university and the corporate environment.

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