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  • Writer's pictureMike Cotayo

Can you spot these people in your office?


  1. The Office Gossip: You know the one. They can't wait to share the latest juicy tidbit they've overheard by the water cooler or during lunch break. Avoid becoming a source of gossip fodder by implementing the "Gray Rock" technique. Become as uninteresting and unresponsive as a gray rock. Soon enough, they'll lose interest and move on to the next unsuspecting victim.

  2. The Know-It-All: This person has an opinion on everything, from your choice of lunch to the way you breathe. The best approach? Be like a duck and let their unsolicited advice roll off your back. Or, if you're feeling cheeky, try responding with a hearty, "That's interesting!" This non-committal phrase will make them feel heard while you maintain your sanity.

  3. The Complainer: Nothing is ever good enough for this chronic pessimist. When faced with their constant complaints, try the "positivity sandwich" approach. Start by empathizing with their issue, follow up with a positive spin, and end with a suggestion for improvement. Before you know it, they'll be biting into your optimism and (hopefully) easing up on the whining.

  4. The Micromanager: This person is always hovering, making sure you're doing your job "correctly." To combat their suffocating presence, consider becoming a micromanager of your own personal space. Politely explain that you work best with a little breathing room and assure them that you'll reach out if you need assistance. If all else fails, create a barrier of potted plants or strategically placed office supplies to maintain your personal bubble.

  5. The Credit-Stealer: This sneaky character loves to take credit for your hard work. While it might be tempting to set up a booby trap, a better approach is to keep a detailed record of your accomplishments and contributions. Then, if your work is hijacked, you can diplomatically remind your team and supervisor of your original ideas and reclaim your rightful glory.

  6. The Drama Queen/King: Their life is a soap opera, and they insist on making you a supporting character. To avoid being sucked into their drama vortex, practice the art of strategic disengagement. Respond with phrases like, "Wow, that sounds tough," or "I hope things work out for you," while slowly backing away.

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