The 5 Scariest People to Work With (PLUS: THE 3 BEST PEOPLE TO WORK WITH)
The stress of work can bring out the worst in people. Under the weight of deadlines, sales goals, and one too many lattes, even the most mild-mannered person can do or say something they regret. Usually, a quick apology will cover over a misstep. However, there are ﬁve “people” you should NEVER work with. We mean it. Under no circumstances should you put yourself in a work environment with these… MONSTERS
The Vampire The Vampire sucks the life out of everyone around them. In meetings, they’re the ﬁrst to tell you why your ideas won’t work, without oﬀering productive solutions. They drain the energy from a room, and are irritated by sunny dispositions. We also think they’re the ones who complained to HR about your “garlic breath.”
The Ghost The Ghost may have seemed like a promising coworker, but their potential never materialized. They’re always around, and insist on being involved in every project, but somehow never contribute anything of substance. It wouldn’t surprise us if they’re reading over your shoulder right now, in fact.
The Zombie If allowed, The Zombie would spend all of its time brainstorming. Obsessed with feeding on new ideas, The Zombie gets distracted easily, and is slow to implement anything with measurable success. It may seem harmless, but be careful, once you’ve been bitten you may ﬁnd yourself chasing ideas with the zombie hoard.
The Frankenstein The Frankenstein is a modern marvel, looking very much like an upstanding coworker. Upon closer look, you’ll realize there’s not an original bone in its body. Regurgitating well-worn business platitudes, The Frankenstein can’t utter a single thought without a reference to Steve Jobs, Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell, or Dr. Stephen R. Covey.
The Werewolf Most of the time, The Werewolf is an excellent employee. Yet, far too often their mood swings dramatically into terrifying outbursts. They’ll blame these outbursts on anything but themselves (sorry, full moons don’t happen that often). Keep The Werewolf at arms length, or you might end up a victim of the howling madness.
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BONUS: The 3 Best People to Work With
The Superhero The Superhero is one of the best people to work with. They work hard in dire situations, deﬂect praise, and want to make the world around them a better place. If there’s more than one Superhero on your team, get them to collaborate and the dynamic duo will be nearly unstoppable. The Superhero has great power—give them great responsibility.
The Wizard Stuck on a project? Need a fresh perspective? The Wizard is always prepared with just what you need, precisely when you need it. The Wizard is good at many things, but they are best at communicating. The Wizard speaks with great wisdom, and by taking time to listen to them, you’ll be inspired to accomplish great things.
The Unicorn Some say The Unicorn is a myth, but that’s just because they’re rare and hard to ﬁnd. Those lucky enough to work with a Unicorn will see just how magical they are. The Unicorn innovates eﬀortlessly, is highly productive, and always goes above and beyond whats expected of them.
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