Beware and Be Aware!

July 22, 2014

Today, we are sharing the top five most heinous types of colleagues you might encounter at work, and the most appropriate ways for you to deal with these people.


We all know that each company is basically a miniature of the human society, so expecting all your colleagues to be as polite, smart, and efficient like

 you are is not something practical. On the other hand, picking up a fight or confrontation is definitely not a good strategy to follow since you are basically downgrading yourself to their level and causing the problem from the perspective of your boss. So, what else can you do except for being upset banging your head against the cubicle wall while fixing other people’s mess?


Here you are some lessons learned from our Vanilla & Banana members, and we suggest you try them next time when you find yourself in any of the situation again.


Type One: “Borrowing” part of your work without even asking you first

Some people enjoy “sharing” your work without informing you first in the name of the bringing benefits to the company. They love to use part of your graphics, such as the banners or template you create, or just cut lines from your copywriting and tell it’s their work.


Strategy One: Always outline your artwork or make your designing/writing style recognizable to other people.

No matter how versatile your work might be, remember to make it visible and personal so that at least people around you could recognize it at first glance. And make your work harder for others just to copy and paste into their collage. If it’s an open review, losing your composure is not cool at all. Instead, compliment the pirated copy and then share your complete work, in that way, everybody would know who the thief is.


Type Two: “Outsourcing” their work and responsibilities to you

Where there is collaboration, there exists relation of upstream and downstream job transition. This kind of people love to maximize their lead time and turn their unfinished part to you, so they can use up your time, too. In the end, you probably would even have to finish his part just to meet the deadline on your side.


Strategy Two: Play dumb. Don’t you ever think that pointing out their missing parts is enough, because in that case you would have to waste more time arguing with them. Instead, list the items you need from their side, and push it back to your upstream. When your request stays neutral and clear, you naturally avoid these people playing other mean card, such as “team spirits” against you.


Type Three: “Disappearing” whenever they are the targets on progress review meeting

These people somehow always accept your meeting invitation, have no comments or objections against your proposed agenda, and definitely don’t show any sign of their absence due to sudden sickness or domestic urgency.


Strategy Three: Never ever call off the meeting just because of their absence, even though they are the key persons responsible for 80% of the review items.  Postponing the meeting or complaining about them is not going to help in the big picture, and you probably would be framed with a bad name in handling things with personal issues. So, volunteer to take the meeting meets by yourself, and make sure their names written in person in charge column and all their corresponding to-do lists, and send out to everyone.


Type Four: Emphasizing “Logics” every time when you check with them about their shaky work structure

One of the hardest things when you have to co-work with someone else is to completely transplant your thought into others’ brain, and vice versa. However, there is always this kind of people at work place trying to put their head inside your brain so they believe you would buy all the lies they try to tell just to cover up their own asses.


Strategy Four: Go blank. I mean it. Go blank until they finish their logics lessons and blah blah blah. Don’t fall into the trap when all they actually want to do is to piss you off and make you quit on pushing them to do what they have to do. Go blank, better to get others involved and make these people promise with others as witness, and then go back to your seat to send out an official email informing everyone you have done a great communication and how these people are going to help everyone to finish the project.  


Type Five: Being “Blind” to your requests or questions

Have you had this kind of experience in resending your request so many times without any response that you start to wonder if you have the correct email address or extension number? And when you finally find him in person, there is already not much patience and politeness left in you, and you just cannot believe how blind people could be not to see what actually happened and mistake you as a jumpy worker.


Strategy Five: “Know your enemy well enough to dig a hole that fits.” Especially when this is someone you don’t know too well or from another team. Working place is not a place for you to pursue the justice, so don’t expect “his guys” would naturally take your side even when you are with good reasons. In this kind of situation, making “his guys” understand the risk they probably would have to take is more useful. When “his guys” start to worry about their own comfort at work, you already have a lot of insiders’ helps to push him.


So, how many types of people above you have dealt with? Do you have any other type of people worse than this at work that you would like to share with us? 

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