The Workplace Stereotypes And How To Avoid Them
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The Workplace Stereotypes And How To Avoid Them

12th November 2013
By Jacqui Beel

We often go on about how great flexible and remote working is and the benefits that it brings to businesses. But on the other hand, sometimes there is nothing better than working in an office, the banter and the team feeling you get from working with your peers. However, the office can occasionally be a very irritating place full of the stress head, micro manager and the slothful slacker… and don’t get us started on those that use useless business jargon, but here we give our tips on how to spot those typical office stereotypes and avoid the ever so ugly office politics that goes with working with them.

The Micro Manager

If you are one… stop… if you have one – you need to learn to deal with them. Some people are generally just control freaks and therefore it is hard to break the pattern of a micro manager. But if you have one, what you can do is make sure you copy them into correspondence, give them regular updates and make sure they are always aware of your activities, that way there is little they can do to push you for information if they have it all. If you find yourself being a micro-manager… stop and question yourself – is there a legitimate need to ask those questions, can you trust your staff to deliver? Have they ever let you down in the past? If not then step back and try to break the compulsive need to be in control of everything – surely you have enough to be doing anyway!

The Stress Head

You know who we mean – ‘ohhh nooooo I’m sooooooo busy!!! I have sooooo much work to do!’ Well if you stopped telling everyone how much work you have maybe you wouldn’t have so much, as you would be doing it! You know the feeling. The best advice we can give for these people is to have minimal engagement with them when they are in these moods. They often don’t want a solution or a fix; they just want everyone to be aware of how busy they are. So make sure when they are in these moods you get engrossed in some work so you simply can’t engage.

The Chatterbox

These people are often the office joker, the ones you can have some good banter with. Which is great for those down times in the office that are inevitable, but sometimes they just don’t know when to stop and distract you all day long! Don’t forget you are at work, so it is perfectly acceptable to say to them that you have to get something finished so could they come back later without offending their feelings.

The Glory Stealer

The snake in the grass, the person who sits and listens to everyone else’s ideas and then when in front of management uses the ideas as if they came from their own mind! We have all worked with one, and they can often be the most annoying people in business – especially if you don’t sit in a management position. Be careful what you say and make sure you document all your thoughts. There is nothing worse than having that great idea and someone else stealing it from right under your nose!

The Secret Agent

These people are often the doers of the business, heads down and getting on with the work, often not seeking praise or adulation. However the downside is that they can often keep work to themselves without realising. Just ploughing through the action lists, may mean they forget to inform team members of any changes that have happened or developments that have been made. The best thing to do when working with these people is to set up regular catch ups so that you can keep updated on the issues and actions that are being completed. This way, you should reduce your stress levels of not knowing what is going on!

So, as we always say remote working does have its benefits, for one you don’t have to cope with these office types. But for those of you who will never get to work from home every day, hopefully these tips will help you deal with these office stereotypes more easily!

What are your office bug-bears? How do you deal with the office distractors?

Check out our printable infographic on office stereotypes here.