We understand that things at the office aren’t always picture perfect! By Hidayah Idris
The office is one of the worst places to be, yet we have to be there because, bo pian, if not, how else can you get money? If you love your workplace, bosses and colleagues, good for you. But most of us have to deal with one (or more) of these irritating co-workers every day. Trust us, we emphathise!
Annoying Colleague #1: The one who doesn’t know ANYTHING
She asks you the same questions over and over again, so much that you start to wonder if she’s suffering from anterograde amnesia. And she manages to make it sound like she’s being told brand new information. Every. Single Time.
Annoying Colleague #2: The one who can’t read your mood
You’re in a bad mood and busy, but she just has to push your buttons. She asks you repetitive questions just to rile you up and cries victim when you finally lose your patience. Not funny leh.
Annoying Colleague #3: The one who pretends she’s busy but is actually slacking off
She is always busy doing stuff, but you know that half the time, she’s on Facebook and the other half, she’s surfing random websites that are not related to anything she’s working on. When you ask her for help, she says “I’m busy” and quicking changes the tab.
Annoying Colleague #4: The two-faced bootlicker
She pretends to be on chummy terms with the boss, but attacks the boss in the most vicious way during lunch. She never passes up an opportunity to badmouth the boss, but in front of the latter she’s a star worker who does everything she is asked of without complaints.
Annoying Colleague #5: The one who steals credit
She asks you for advice, and then goes up to the boss and says “I found that…” or “I came up with this solution…” without giving you proper credit. She also asks you for ideas and claims she’s “putting everything together” but presents them as her own. When “her idea” is well-received? Of course, she laps up all the praises.
Annoying Colleague #6: The one who takes everything personally
She takes everything personally, whether it’s a casual remark or joke. She takes offense at everything and you start to wonder why she’s so sensitive. If you point out her mistake, she will think you’re not happy with her and start telling tales.
Annoying Colleague #7: The one who annoys you with unimportant questions when you’re busy
She’ll ask you what you did during the weekend and all other trivial questions when you’ve clearly said you’re busy. And then she’ll send you random links to videos and insists that you watch them because “they’re so funny”.
Annoying Colleague #8: The one who makes herself sound important
Everything is about her. She makes things happen, whether it’s a project or a proposal. If something succeeds, it’s because of her. If something goes wrong it’s because the person who handled that part of the project didn’t do a good job. It’s always about her achievements, never about her failures.
A version of this story first appeared in CLEO. Offering an insider perspective on everything a twenty-something woman in Singapore wants or needs to know, CLEO Magazine is now available in both print and digital formats. Visit www.CLEO.com.sg to subscribe.