7 types of colleague you never want to be

7 types of colleague you never want to be

We spend more time with them than family and friends: our co-workers, colleagues, managers and bosses.

Each day, relative strangers sit side-by-side, as they do some key-tapping, meeting-doing, phone-calling and idea-having – all in the name of work.

Yet, whilst the majority of UK workers get on – we’re British for goodness sake  – some colleagues end up at each other’s throats.

It could be your co-worker’s over-zealous typing, your boss’ braggadocio regarding their weekend drinking exploits or the milk thief who just won’t buy their own semi-skimmed (or lactose-free alternates).

Despite the obvious dangers of exploding in rage at someone you work with Tania Coke, Senior Mediation Consultant at Consensio, told HR Grapevine that often workplace conflicts can be exacerbated by denying that they exist in the first place.

She said: “I heard of a company whose leader declared: ‘Conflict? We have no conflict in our organisation’. This sends out a message that conflict is always a bad thing. Employees who hear their leaders speaking in this way are less likely to admit to having conflict or to ask for help.”

Importantly though, Amanda Steadman, a Professional Support Lawyer at Addleshaw Goddard, noted that if conflict does arise employers should be mindful of mediating correctly.

She added: “Each situation will turn on its own facts, now more than ever, employers must emphasise the importance of having a working environment in which different views can co-exist and where everybody's dignity is respected.”

To help avoid these potentially damaging disputes, we’ve collated a list of seven types of co-worker you don’t want to be.

Click next to if you recognise the categories and whether or not you, or your colleagues, are a certain type. If we've missed any, tell us in the comments.

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