5 Destructive Coworkers And How To Deal With Them

5 Destructive Coworkers And How To Deal With Them
5 Destructive Coworkers And How To Deal With Them

Work becomes second-hand when attempting to finish and survive the workday with them around. It doesn’t matter what you do or what you say, their presence and attitude cripple coworker’s morale, performance and productivity.There are days you even bring them home with you. It feels like there is no escaping their distractive, destructive and draining world.

Fortunately, there are ways to spot and handle these types of people in the workplace. Here is a list of how to spot and deal with 5 different types of noxious employees in the workplace:

The Trainwreck

This person is the type that makes you have no faith in humanity. Everyone in the office wonders who hired them and why. No one really enjoys watching someone struggle on a daily basis but somehow this person manages to get an A+ when it comes to lack of performance. It’s even worse if they are part of a team. It is very apparent to everyone in the workplace that they don’t know their job and no one can depend on them. They have the following characteristics:

  • lack self-reliance
  • unorganized
  • unreliable
  • invalid
  • cannot conform to change at work or in life

How to deal with this type of person at work:

  • offer extra training or help them understand their job
  • provide support and extra encouragement
  • create a daily list of work related tasks to complete

Trainwrecks can wreak havoc in the workplace. They can halt productivity and kill any momentum your team has created.

The Sloucher

This person is the type that clocks out as soon as they clock in for work. They spend every single moment of the daily avoiding having to work. They become a major drain on everyone else’s time, enthusiasm, and energy. This person couldn’t care less what anyone thinks of them and will continue to be drain as long as they can. They have the following characteristics:

  • no sense of time or urgency
  • no motivation to work
  • are always on social media (Facebook)
  • they’re around…but they’re not.
  • do the bare minimum of work to get by

How to deal with this type of person at work:

  • make them accountable for work related projects and tasks
  • have surprise inspections at their workstation or cubicle
  • be clear about expectations and what work role they play
  • praise, congratulate or reward efforts

Slouchers rely on others to pick up where they never started. They are happy with everyone else picking up the slack and don’t really care what people think of them.

The Workaholic

This person is the type that works very hard and wants everyone at the office to know it. They insist on going forward with the workday and projects, with or without anyone’s help. They may seem to be every employer’s dream worker but eventually everyone burns out. They don’t understand the concept of teamwork and bring imbalance to any team. They have the following characteristics:

  • one-man-army mindset
  • undermines team members and believes there is an “i” in team
  • knows no bounds and has no limits
  • comes to work sick and doesn’t care about who it affects
  • can be critical of people who do not operate at their level

How to deal with this type of person at work:

  • encourage time off from work or take a vacation
  • reinforce the “team player” workplace
  • offer stress management measures as part of a team concept
  • reward a team effort game plan rather than individual incentive
  • assign team related tasks that require collaboration with coworkers

Workaholics want to get things done and feel a sense of accomplishment. Insisting on doing things themselves, they don’t always see things with a “big picture” mindset, potentially causing serious problems for coworkers.

The Chatterbox

This person is the type that believes coming to work everyday is like attending their own surprise party. Their workstation is at the water cooler and they believe they get paid for spreading the latest gossip. This person spends more time conversing and taking coffee breaks in one day than most do in a week. They can fun and entertaining but they always take things too far. They have the following characteristics:

  • spread gossip and office drama
  • has problems focusing on work
  • lacks professionalism and tact
  • loud and distracting in the workplace
  • no sense of time or urgency for work

How to deal with this type of person at work:

  • provide a productivity game plan and guided instructions
  • reinforce appropriate workplace behavior
  • be stern about completing projects and time management
  • have a guided discussion about communication skills

Chatterbox’s want to be the life of the workplace party. They want to feel connected with everyone in the office. They can cause much unrest with gossip and hurt interpersonal relationships within the workplace.

The Sociopath

This person is the type that leaves a wake of destruction anywhere they work. They have a difficult time working well with others and have the ability to create a hostile working environment. If placed in a customer service position, they can ruin a company’s reputation and lose potential customers. They have the following characteristics:

  • disregards workplace policies and procedures
  • does not work well with others
  • manipulation and sabotage is their game plan
  • has issues with authority and following directions
  • interpersonal issues that stem from outside of the workplace

How to deal with this type of person at work:

  • enforce all workplace policies and procedures to create a safe working environment
  • document all negative events and interactions and report them immediately
  • take customer complaints seriously
  • assign projects that limits interactions with coworkers

It’s estimated that about four percent of the population meets the definition of a sociopath. It only takes one to create a hostile, unpleasant workplace that affects morale and productivity.

When it comes to dealing with noxious employees, employers have two choices. They can dismiss a disruptive employee or devise a plan to rehabilitate them into becoming productive employees. The cost of training and hiring a new employee can cause a major setback within a company’s inner structure and budget. The workplace environment is more productive when morale, productivity and unit cohesion are all working together. Sometimes people need to want to help themselves and until that happens, maybe you just have to let toxic people go.

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