Coworkers are funny people… Here as some more types to add to your notebook. I made this shorter at the request of a reader… More to come later.. 😉
Hitler– I’ll refer to Hitler as him throughout this discussion but keep in mind Hitler can be a female. Everyone worships the ground that Hitler walks on because resistance would be futile. In order to survive successfully with this person in charge you must become a card carrying member of the 3rd Reich. There is no opportunity for you to use your creativity because all methods are set in stone so how dare one challenge the establishment or suggest a more beneficial way of doing things. Hitler will put a plethora of obstacles in your way in hopes that you will either stop the resistance, join him, transfer, or quit. Hitler is prejudice against thinkers, speakers and extremely intelligent persons. Hitler surrounds himself with automatons and henchmen. Hitler holds the intelligent members of the corporation back while he advances those that are his loyal supporters only to gain a foothold in other areas of the company. Everything that Hitler does is a strategic move and everything is top-secret. All communication must come from one source and is guaranteed to be filled with Hitlerisms. The only way to stop Hitler is to expose him/her.
Slowski– This coworker is just flat-out slow with everything. If you have a tight deadline please don’t give any critical work to slowski because you might not meet your deadline. Slowski often appears to have high self-esteem but is really extremely self-conscious because they know that they are not as on top of their game as they appear to be. A slowski person will become upset with the person that is trying to assist them in solving problems and offer excuses later like, “I was just too smart for them” or the #1 excuse of “it was my computer”. I’ve met many slowskies in my lifetime. Slowskies tend to have a short fuse and remain frustrated which contributes to their slow problem. If one spends a great deal of time frustrated one won’t think of how to solve the problem.
Automatons– These co-workers can only perform duties with specific instructions on how to complete the task. If the manager doesn’t t spell the “how to” out completely, the automaton will stop working because they are not wired to think freely. They are only capable of repetition. This is not a quality to have in someone on a leadership team because a manager will constantly be challenged with completing two jobs instead of one. The only happy medium for an automaton is the assignment of repetitious tasks.
Confirmers- This coworker is the one that forgets the content of the meeting or conversation in a matter of seconds. They have to come back and “confirm” what was just discussed to make sure that they understand the assignment. Sometimes they even hold meetings to confirm what was discussed in a previous meeting. They can be mentally exhausting to deal with because of their constant need to confirm everything. The only way to successfully deal with the confirmer is to take good notes and publish them in plain direct english.