Apr 21, 2017 Surviving the Office Personalities (Using Promotional Items)
“There is one in every office!”
Working in an office is a lot like a game of cat and mouse. With every different person in the office, comes a different personality, and each one has their own quirks. No matter if it is a large office of hundreds or a small office with just a handful, navigating the different personalities can make your head spin. The best plan to survive the day in and day out is to know the different personalities, and how to deal with each one. We have included a tip under each to help you.
This list does not include every different personality out there, just some of the more prevalent ones and ones that made me giggle. Which of these are in your office, and even more interesting, which one are you?
The Sad Sally/Negative Ned
With nothing happy to say EVER, this person walks around with a little rain cloud over their head. Don’t dare ask them about their weekend unless you want to hear the saddest story you have ever heard. At first, you may feel kind of bad for this person, but you will quickly learn that no amount of surprise candies on their desk or uplifting memes posted to their Facebook wall will help cure this one’s blues. Even when something great happens (i.e. bonuses for the whole team) they will find a way to rain all over that parade. It is not just The Sad Sally’s/Negative Ned’s current situation though; their entire life has been one “disaster” after another. They aren’t afraid to add their two-sad-cents even if they are not involved in the conversation.
Our Tip – Avoid them and find your happy place! Don’t let the negativity be contagious, spread a little joy to those who will appreciate it. Get the team some of these Custom Exercise Bands. Why do you ask? Exercise causes the body to release endorphins, and endorphins make you HAPPY! ♥♥
It’s Monday morning and the weekend is over. Your workload is out of control. All you want to do is get busy and finish the day. You happen upon the kitchen for a quick drink from the water cooler and, uh oh, the chatterbox. This person is in every office. They are high on life and NEED to share every experience of their waking life. This person gets so wrapped up in the storytelling they don’t even realize you aren’t listening. Although they are typically harmless, they can be a drain on valuable work time. Speaking of work time, how does this person get anything accomplished? Around 1 pm when you can hear the same story being repeated to them about the 5th person, you begin to wonder how they still have a job when the entire day is spent sharing memories, jokes and irrelevant stories with the staff.
Our Tip – Come to work prepared to barricade yourself in your office to avoid those unfortunate water cooler meetings, and if you MUST leave your sanctuary, have a pair of these great headphones or earbuds ready to blast your favorite jams. They may still attempt to talk to you, but all you need to do is point to your earbuds indicating what you are currently hearing is way too important to pause, and then skip on past. Choose one of these great Water Bottles and Lunch Bags to help keep you out of their path.
The Queen/King Bee
“You can’t sit with us!”
This one is in EVERY office. The Queen Bee/ King Bee must be the center of attention. Although high school ended long ago, this person can’t quite let go. They thrive on making an “inner circle” and secluding one or two people to make themselves feel superior. The Queen Bee/ King Bee loves gossip but is quick to claim they don’t talk behind anyone’s back. No one is safe from the Queen Bee/ King Bee. Even if you currently reside in the “inner circle”, don’t get too comfy. They will toss you out to instill the fear in the rest that they are replaceable. They aren’t the hardest of workers, that is why they have the minions. They can always get them to finish the work for them. The Queen Bee/ King Bee is not liked, they are feared. The Queen Bee/ King Bee lives to get a rise from whomever they are targeting that day!
Our Tip – Shake it off!!! Not worth the time or energy. Instead of worrying about this person all day, focus on you and those who are genuine. The Queen Bee/ King Bee is in every office so it is a fact we all must face, but they will only affect you if you let them. We do offer a selection of stun guns……. No, no just kidding!!!! I mean we do have them, but you can not use them like this!!!!!
The Workaholic makes us all look lazy, unorganized, and unmotivated. This person lives for the next project. The Workaholic loves meetings, and even though they have no authority to call a meeting, they are constantly in the boss’s ear asking for a meeting for this or that. This person is always the first one into the office in the morning and the last to leave at night, in fact, we can not be sure that they don’t have an air mattress they bust out after everyone else leaves so they can get the necessary 2 hours they require before beginning the next workday. The Workaholic loves to talk about work all the time as well. It’s not enough they work constantly, but when they can not be on the job, it is their favorite topic. What’s new at work, what projects are going on, and of course, how much they love their job. The workaholic is not a brown-noser or the boss’s pet though, no need for that, they are the shining star in the boss’s eyes because of their insane dedication.
Our Tip – Truth is we could all work a little harder. Helping around the office and doing things, not in our normal “job description” are easy ways to be better employees. Or, you could hang around The Workaholic and try to sneak your name on the next project 🙂 We won’t judge! Either way, you go, we do have some great products to help you become more organized in the office which may give your boss the impression you are working harder. Perfect Imprints has a great selection of Planners to help get you a little more organized, or at least look like you are.
“Ok, I need to get this done first then move on to that”
“Oh man, I dropped my favorite pen behind my desk”
“MMMBOP, ba duba dop, Ba du bop, ba duba dop, Ba du bop, ba duba dop, Ba du, yeeeaaaahhhh!!!”
Every single thought that pops into The Narrator’s head, comes right out of their mouth. Rude, nonsense, boring as heck, lyrics, it makes no difference to this one. They have vocal cords and they intend to use them. Some will say The Narrator does this for attention, some will say it is just because they love to hear their own voice, others may say it is because they are lonely, but no matter why it is one thing we do know is that The Narrator will always be there to let us know that they did not mean to click there, they meant to click over there, and let us know their foot fell asleep, and when they are hungry, thirsty, tired, bored, mad, sad, confused, lost, bewildered, and deranged. The Narrator is not the same as The Chatterbox, however. Narrators speak to themselves. They sit alone in their office with the door open and simply convey any and everything that happens from what breakfast tasted like (as if it was still in their mouth) to the fact that they think they need to clean out their desk. Rather you listen or not is beside the point for this one.
Our Tip – This is a tough one! Not everyone can listen to music while they work, and tuning them out has failed miserably. Hmmm, what to do… what to do… Try essential oils. There is an essential oil for everything you can think of. This is a very popular item right now and jumping on the “Trend Wagon” is not a bad thing in this case. We recommend Lavender for The Narrator, as it helps to improve your mood and eliminate nervous tension.
The Messiest Person Ever
“What is that smell?”
“Did I just get transported into a football locker room?”
“No guys!! I am just heating up the leftover liver and onions I made for dinner last night! Do you want some?”
Either their nose is broken or they just don’t care, either way, the office Messy Person is a force to be reckoned with. Not only do they cook horrible smelling food in the kitchen but they don’t even clean their own dishes. My theory is that this person was so spoiled by his or her parents, they don’t even realize that the rest of the world doesn’t work as it did at home. Maybe they still live with their parents. The Messy Person will put food in the fridge and leave it until it can’t even be called food anymore and can only be called weird science. The Messy Person’s desk looks like the A-bomb hit it. Papers everywhere, the chair meant for customers covered in jackets they never take home, and we are pretty sure some sort of critter is living in one of the desk drawers. If you make a comment about the Messy Person’s mess, they go into a specialized mode of defending their actions and denial of the extreme extent to which it has reached.
Our Tip – Disinfectant spray and scented candles. The Messy Person is a whirlwind of chaos and if not properly managed can quickly consume other parts of the office. There may come a time when you or a fellow employee may have to take one for the team. Once the Messy Person leaves for the day, throw together a makeshift hazmat suit and try to get rid of the worst of it. The Messy Person will most likely not notice anything missing. Once you get rid of what you can, give their office a good spray-down with the disinfectant spray, light some scented candles and head to happy hour, you have earned it. Check out these Hand Sanitizers and Scented Candles for some extra help.
Did any of these sound familiar? Which one are you? Which one sits next to you? Surviving the different personality types in the office can be difficult, but the best weapon you can store in your arsenal is knowing each one and how to deal with them. From the Chatterbox to the Messy Person and even the Workaholic, the office is full of unique personalities. On average, we spend more time with our co-workers than with our own families, so it is important to pay attention to the signals your co-workers give you. We won’t always get along with everyone we work with, but we should always try our best to be respectful and courteous. One of my favorite quotes has always been “It is not the mistakes we make in life, it is what we do after that defines our character.”