The Brown Noser - Easy to spot! They're usually promoting themselves at every opportunity, in a corner chatting it up with the "boss" or somewhere trying to be seen and/or heard by the influential leaders at the company. But you know what? They're actually fun to watch! Brown Nosers aren't bad people, they're just annoying.
The Snob - Calm, cool and collected. You cannot and will not ruffle their feathers. They won't participate in any office politics, good or bad. They follow company policies (they love the HR department), give fake smiles and boo hiss when it comes to office gossip. Sound boring? Hmmmmm.... :-)
The Inappropriate Jerk - Offensive jokes. Out-of-line comments. Polyester suits & bad teeth. Just all-around bad person.
The Office Hormone - Everything stresses them out: Deadlines, emergencies, conference calls, cafeteria food, meetings, office parking, holiday parties, ___________, etc. They cry. They're dramatic. They have attitudes for no reason. They Wear. You. Out.
The Backstabber - The O'Jays said it best: *singing* "They smile in your face... All the time they wanna take your place. The Backstabbers!" They will sell their soul, a kidney and their first born for a promotion or job recognition. What makes you think they won't sell you (a co-worker) down the river or throw you under the bus?
The Slacker - *sigh* I mean... *sighs, again* Lazy, unimpressive and always trying to get out of work.
The Manipulator - Careful. They sometimes disguise themselves as Mr. Nice Friendly or Little Miss Helpful. Ahhhhh, but they have ulterior motives. Yes, they do! They're not just being nice because they're a "nice" person. Newp. Clue: If a person is always the "hero" or "victim" of their own story - red flag! #manipulator
The Wimp - Scared to speak up for themselves or anybody else. Afraid to share their opinions. Their motto: "Just go along to get along."
The Bully - Believe it or not, there are bullies in the workplace. Quite often they've been given some kind of power. They use that power to mistreat and intimidate people, and sadly they tend to get away with it. The looooove "wimps." (Stay tuned - I'm gonna do an entire blog post on workplace bullies.)