To be successful in your career, or anything you find yourself doing, you have to surround yourself with people who know better than you do, or at least people who have positive energy towards their work. Well, the same is true for the opposite. People who go around with negative vibes should be avoided, particularly at work.
Having the wrong people around you in the office can drain your energy, reduce your performance, or worse still, cause you stress. In reality, managing difficult people can cause a high level of stress. For the sake of your sanity and progress at work, you want to try and stay away from such distractions. Of course, this may be hard if you work directly with them in the same unit or team, or even alongside them as a partner.
However, if you find yourself constantly having to deal with more than you should, so much that your performance and state of mind at work are constantly suffering, then you should do something about it.
Honestly, some people are genuinely not aware of how they negatively impact those around them, while others couldn’t be any happier to bring you down with their negative energy. People like this are not deserving of your time or efforts. So, you need to avoid them, if not for anything, but your psychological well-being. Here in this article, we discuss 7 of such kinds of people and why you should avoid them.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said,
“Great minds discuss ideas, average ones discuss events, and small minds discuss people.”
Whether we realize it or not, gossip is a big waste of time, unless of course, you have nothing to invest your time in. Gossipers somehow derive pleasure from disclosing other people’s secrets and getting into people’s privacy.
It can truly be tempting to know what’s going on in other people’s lives, but certainly, no one, including you, would want someone else doing the same to them.
Secondly, knowing about people’s ugly sides may hurt your respect and dealings with them. One way or another, the effect of gossiping will become glaring, and it may get in the way of work.
2. Temperamental People
This is another category of terrible people to avoid in the office. They are people who easily and quickly blow their top, and before they realize it, they’ve caused some damage. If you have them at home, then you understand how difficult it is to manage such people. At work, your best option is not to put up with such colleagues, but to avoid them, unless it’s absolutely necessary.
A backstabbing person will naturally want to be your friend until you have a problem and need their help. In the worst cases, they’ll use you as a pawn to attain their goal, and once that is settled, they abandon you altogether, even if it means serving your head on a platter.
Potential backstabbers can be easily spotted at times. They can be sweet talkers, jealous, always probing to know something personal about you, and only around when they need your help.
4. Self-Absorbed People
This is perhaps the worst type of person you want to avoid. They aren’t just selfish. They’re ready to bulldoze their way through you to reach their goal and are willing to sacrifice anyone and anything along the way.
Self-absorbed folks can sometimes appear to be friendly and supportive, but deep down, they’re primarily interested in using you as a tool — a means to an end; that’s all that matters to such people. Such people may even put personal goals ahead of collective goals.
They’re manipulative and may pretend to be in support of the corporate goal. In the end, they’ll turn around and leave everyone.
5. Arrogant People
Arrogant personalities can be a real drag on progress. To begin with, they give irritatingly blind confidence about almost everything. You can hardly have a logical exchange with them.
Arrogant people see everything as a challenge. It isn’t easy to correct them. And if they get angry, everyone around them gets a piece of that anger. They believe in following their personal convictions against going along with the idea of the group or team.
6. Lazy People
It can be quite hard to work with colleagues who are only interested in smiling at the camera than actually getting the work done. This set of individuals may be described as lazy. They take the back seat all the time. They disappear on you when the task becomes difficult and you need them the most. They want to be there only when the work is finished, and it’s time to take credit.
Even when they’re around, they drag their feet and give excuses for why they’re unable to complete assigned tasks. In short, these types of people are not always ready to do their work.
7. Resentful People
Some people are natural complainers. They go on whining and complaining about the office’s affairs, what the leadership of the company isn’t getting right, etc. They pick faults here and there, always bitter, and mean to others.
Resentful People find it hard to tolerate others when they make mistakes. Somehow, they always think that they should be the ones running things.
People like this can be a nightmare in the office and should be avoided. Listening to them may get you stuck in their drama. Don’t fall for it! It’s best to stay away from them and channel your energy elsewhere.
Productivity at work is dependent on several other factors just as much as it is on implementing your own productivity hacks. One such factor is avoiding negative people in the office. It won’t always be easy, but it is a necessity.