The workplace. What a sweet, amazing, beautiful, and evil place to be in. Yes. You read that right. EVIL! And you know it. No. I am not talking about your boss. That dude pays you your salary. He has every right to be as mean and sadistic as he wants. I am talking about the people who can make your work and your workplace either the best place you can be in or make you absolutely hate it. I am talking about your toxic coworkers.
“Don’t let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out.” — Robert Tew
Surviving The Modern Workplace
Politics is a crucial part of our modern work culture, whether we like it or not.
It can be fun at times and even motivate us to work smarter. However, most of the time office politics can be a pain in the ‘you know what’. In this modern corporate culture, we spend innumerable hours at work. As a result, we spend more time with our lovely and sometimes horrible coworkers than our friends and family. Some of our co-workers can be very helpful and truly amazing which often results in a lifelong friendship outside work.
But most of the time we are stuck with really toxic coworkers which can affect our mental well-being and our work performance. Toxic coworkers can demotivate us and even want us to quit our jobs. We surely don’t need that. We can feel helpless as we can’t really choose who we work with and where someone should be in the hierarchy.
The best thing we can do while dealing with toxic coworkers in the workplace is to minimize the impact they have on us and our work.
Let us take a look at the 7 most dangerous work personalities and some effective strategies on how you can deal with them. Let’s get started.
7 Most Dangerous And Toxic Coworkers
1. The One Who Gossips.
You know who I am talking about. These are the ones who spread rumors across departments and the only thing they are good at is talking about other employees behind their backs. They mold and exaggerated the truth and gossip about everything and anything going around the office.
They mostly behave out of their insecurities and try to shift the focus away from their own flaws. This can oftentimes affect your motivation to work and make you worry about issues that may not even exist in reality.
How To Deal With The Gossiper
Understand that it can be hard to communicate logically and rationally with these types of individuals.
No. You cannot stop them or make them change their personality and behavior.
The best way to communicate with the gossiper is to tell them directly yet politely that you don’t appreciate the exaggerated or untrue comments they make about others. But you need to be careful as this can turn into a whole new gossip for them to spread around.
Make sure you do not indulge or participate in spreading any rumors or gossip about your boss, co-workers, or about your organization. Do not share any details about your personal and social life with co-workers you barely trust.
Understand their behavior is a part of their personality.
They mainly act out of their own insecurities and flaws. So do not take their comments or words personally. Focus on controlling your own words and behavior instead of rectifying them. As they say, lead by example.
2. The One Who Blames.
These are the employees who shift responsibilities constantly and blames others for not getting the work done. It is easy for them to point fingers at others when things go wrong.
They will never accept their own faults, mistakes, poor decisions and bad performance.
They are also expert liars and can easily convince others that they are right, even when they are not. The blamers are also known as the guilt trippers.
How To Deal With The Blamer
Admit and accept any mistakes on your end instead of playing their blame game. This will demonstrate that you are a more mature and responsible worker who believes in taking charge instead of pointing fingers at others. Self-development is key here.
Instead of engaging in their blame games, redirect the attention towards verifiable and genuine facts.
Do not let the blamer push you around and make sure you establish boundaries. Focus on your own safety and show them their limits through careful words and actions.
3. The One Who Is Emotional.
These are the drama queens and drama kings. They tend to be very emotional and react in ways that are not usually considered professional. They may have a histrionic personality disorder or at least behave as they do. They are attention seekers and react dramatically as they can be way too emotional.