They mostly develop superficial relationships to meet their emotional needs. However, they can also be highly magnetic, funny, energetic, and entertaining. So make sure you identify them and maintain your distance. These people cannot be relied on with tasks and responsibilities as they tend to ‘lose it’ easily.
How To Deal With The Drama Queen/King
Try not to criticize them even when their faults stick out like a sore thumb. Instead, praise them for what they bring to the table and their positive aspects.
If necessary, tell them honestly about how their reactions, behavior, and mood swings affect you personally. Make sure you remain calm during their theatrical and emotional episodes.
Understand that it is not your job to take care of them or change their personality or behavior. Focus on how you can minimize the impact of their behavior on your work.
4. The One Who Controls.
The control freak is one of the most toxic coworkers that can be found in any workplace. They can be highly critical of everyone, especially those who work in their own unique way. They may show signs of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) while at work.
They feel a strong need to control the outcome of whatever is going on around the workplace.
Hence, they often intrude in other people’s business that is not related to their own work and step over boundaries. They can be an asset to the organization, but their perfectionist attitude can demotivate others around them. They will most probably be your supervisor or your manager.
How To Deal With The Control Freak
Make sure to praise them for their attention to detail and appreciate their contributions to the organization. However, you need to understand that praise and flattery are not the same things.
It can sometimes be best to let them take over and control the outcome when the task is not that crucial or does not affect your performance adversely.
Don’t take their behavior or actions personally. Have confidence in your abilities and skills.
5. The One Who Complains.
They act like the victim in every circumstance and complain about everything just to gain attention. Their constant nagging can seriously affect your performance and demotivate you in the long run. They often try to convince others in the organization how the management acts unfairly and focus only on what is going wrong. Their negativity can be infectious and can bring down the entire office environment.
How To Deal With The Victim
Be patient when communicating with them. Understand that they actually feel victimized and are not behaving like this intentionally.
Focus on the facts to point out the errors in their belief and try to show them the positive side of the organization. When they start complaining, listen to them patiently and then offer a counter-argument with sufficient evidence.
Whenever possible, empathize with the victim. However, do not fall into the trap of believing what they say. Create boundaries while making conversations, avoid them whenever possible, and stand up for yourself when needed.
6. The One Who Is Paranoid.
You know your paranoid coworker better than anyone else. They are often suspicious of the management and everyone else for that matter. They may show some signs of paranoid personality disorder, even if they don’t actually have it. They do not trust anyone in the office and can come up with the weirdest conspiracy theories about others and the company. Their behavior can have serious negative effects on your work and performance.
How To Deal With The Paranoid
Be careful about what you tell them about yourself, others, your boss, or the organization. Understand that your harmless words can easily become the next conspiracy theory about getting them fired.
Provide factual and rational explanations to them about why what they believe is not correct and why it will probably not happen.
Do not believe their theories or notions as their negative perceptions can affect your own thoughts and behavior.
7. The One Who Is A Narcissist.
The narcissist is perhaps the most dangerous and toxic coworkers to work with.
They are huge egomaniacs and are mostly work as managers or supervisors or even your boss. They often show the classic signs of narcissistic personality disorder. They lack empathy for their co-workers, require constant admiration, expect high praise even if it is undeserved and act like they are entitled to everything in the organization. They are annoying, arrogant, and disliked by most people in the office.
They view themselves as exceptional performers, even when they are not. They are undoubtedly toxic for your workplace as they have an inflated view of their own self which can be damaging to others and the company at large.