7 Types of Jerk Found in Every Work And How To Deal With Them
Put any group of people together 40 hours a week and you’re likely to have a few problems. Whether your company is a small one or a huge corporation, you’ve surely run into an employee who gets on others’s nerves. It might be easy to ignore the situation and hope it goes away, but all too often these office jerks disrupt productivity and cause serious morale issues.
Whether you’re in management or working alongside the office jerk, it’s important to learn to identify and manage the office jerk. Here are a few types of problem people in the office, as well as advice on how to deal with them.
1.The messy one.
Incompetent,erratic and unreliable the messy one can tank productivity and energy for the whole team.Nobody like to see someone struggling, but constant appeals for help and an over-reliance on other people to clean up or correct mistakes can quickly bring projects to a crawl and cause frustration.
Offer extra training,support and frequent check-ins to this type of coworkers.
Sometimes despite your best efforts, a coworker will deliberately try to make you look bad. When this type of sabotage happens, it’s important not to sink down to the other person’s level. Instead, correspond with the person via email to have a paper trail and make sure others are present who can back you up if you end up in trouble over something.
He explodes whenever things don’t go the way he thinks they should. He screams at meetings, yells into the telephone, and gets in your face. While he might apologize later, the whole team ends up perpetually walking on eggshells.
Raise your own intensity (or you won’t be heard), and then refuse to put up with unprofessional behavior. If necessary, leave the room until he’s cooled down.
It can be difficult to avoid backstabbers, since they can exist at every level of an organization. There are bosses who steal ideas and claim them as their own and coworkers who rush to undermine their colleagues at the first opportunity.
You’ll need to tread carefully with backstabbers. Document your work and make sure you build strong working relationships with others in the office.
He says yes to projects but fails to follow through. As deadlines approach, he can’t be found, even via email. When the work is finally turned in (often by others who have covered for him), he’ll go on a mini vacation to “recuperate from the stress.”
Unfortunately, the only solution here is a little good old-fashioned micromanagement. Lay out frequent (even daily) milestones, and create consequences for missing one — or for failing to report that he missed it.
6.The bully or gossip.
In any group of people, bullying or gossiping can be a problem. It easily creates a hostile work environment. It’s important to avoid participating in this type of activity but if you find yourself the target of such negativity, there are a few things you can do to keep it at a minimum.
Make sure you remain professional at all times and the gossips will often be the ones who look bad.
7.The Drama Queen.
He automatically turns absolutely everything into a hissy fit, replete with pique, umbrage, and a host of other French emotions. He seems to draw energy from the drama, while draining energy from everyone else.
Set up boundaries for the behavior that you won’t tolerate. Eject him from any meeting where his behavior becomes obstructive.