Which type of coworker annoys you most and how do you deal with it? Do you have any tried-and-true advice for dealing with difficult people?
I have two least favorite types of co-workers then hurry up and wait priorityless guy and the that's not what we agreed upon guy. I hate working very hard and trying to create a feasible schedule for projects only to find out that something isn't important any more for a no reason. That project isn't being asked about OR something that another person fancies is suddenly more important. I understand when project priorities get shifted but the person who can't wrap their head around setting a list of priorities and sticking with it unless there's a real need to switch is infuriating. The second one who can never remember what you have agreed to work on is just as bad. I have taken time to set out in email the very specific outlines of projects or goal dates and approval times and then they sign off on the email. Then, they still either can't get me the information or contradict me about what they wanted. It's hard for me to think of a good way to handle this person so if you have any insight, please pass it along! —Destrehan's Daughter
I think its so funny how on each of the descriptions you added "What if you are..." I can say I am not the latebird. CHECK. Or the oddball. CHECK. BUT IF I had to be any of these I'd be the oddball. There is one type of co worker that totally distracts me, it's the one that BLOWS UP anything small and not so meaningful and makes it your nightmare. Distracts everyone from what they are doing and makes them focus on THAT they are trying to solve. I don't even know what to call it, it just does not make sense. —Lorena
I am NO morning person and I am trying to do the best I can to get to work on time! I don't know what it is, ever since I was a kid it was just tough for me to get out of bed! I love how you profile these various work personalities! —B. Inspired
I detest those that commit to taking on a task, and then totally drop the ball. Then look at me like I have three heads when asked where the expected outcome is??!?!? —rskmom
I have had my fair share of oddballs at my workplace. They're not so bad once you realize they're just a little different. They make work more interesting! :) —Kileen
My biggest problem is with colleagues who want to socialize. I absolutely cannot get work done at the office because of this. I may need to cover the glass in my office door. —Terri
So what do you think? Do you have any advice to add?