Types of Workplace Personalities – Part 1

Who are the people in your neighbourhood? In this case, let “neighbourhood” be defined as “workplace.” Almost all working professionals can attest to the truth that the office is the adult version of the school playground and of course, it has its own playground rules.

It’s to be expected that we will encounter various types of personalities at work. some of them, you may have been grateful to meet. A few of them, you may have regretted spending time with.

Regardless, if one of your career goals is to strike positive and mutually beneficial relationships between you and your colleagues, here’s hoping that this comprehensive list of the types of workplace personalities you’ll meet provide the added means to fulfil that goal.


The Achiever

How to spot them: If the big boss wants things done, he looks for The Achiever. If your company wanted to showcase their vision of the ideal employee, they call upon this guy. He or she is the company’s go-to-guy in crunch time. With their slew of accomplishments, cool and collected demeanour, and leadership skills, these people can be the organization’s pride and joy, and a value asset worth keeping.

How to deal with them: Continue to support and encourage them to be the way they are. Show appreciation for their dedication and effort. Asking, “What can this person teach me in terms of being able to improve my work further?”, can open yourself closer to this peg.


The Unsung Hero

How to spot them: They are the type that works without fanfare but is very much an important part of the team. They would rather stay in the background. Expect the Unsung Hero to give their honest-to-goodness effort day in and day out. They can be considered a close cousin of The Achiever. Underrated but essential, an organization needs this kind of individuals to help drive their performance upwards and onwards.

How to deal with them: Show them, in a not-too-flashy way, that their contributions to the team are not overlooked. Involve them in additional opportunities to lead and hold more responsibilities in a bigger role. It also represents a leap out of their comfort zone.


The Mentor

How to spot them: Think your very own version of Gandalf, Yoda, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. These people have a sincere interest of teaching you not just the technical aspects of your work in general. The Mentor, more importantly, imparts a big picture perspective of why things are done a certain way. If given away a chance, they are generous in showing you what they know. They have your best interest in mind terms of your career progression.

How to deal with them: Be a sponge around them. The journey is not completed without one. No matter what stage of the career ladder you are in, one can never go wrong with having a mentor, that may be a gift that keeps on giving. Think of the mentor as an investment in your career. Keep an open mind and welcome suggestions, opinions, and solutions. You’ll be equipped with the additional know-how and point of view that can help when adversity hits.


The Veteran

How to spot them: No, this person does not have a statue or a mural in honour of his tenure in the company. This person has been with the company since the organization’s formative years. The Veteran and those who know him are sure to remind you he’s been with the company for n number of years.

How to deal with them: Reach out to them if you want a history lesson as part of your contributing education. Make sure to include them in usual office conversations so they won’t feel slighted by being left out.


The Ally

How to spot them: The Ally can be considered as friend at work and outside of it. The Ally can hear out your ideas, someone you can trust, and pick you up in not-so-good times (read: BFF).

How to deal with them: Nurture the friendships at work that are tried and true, like the one with The Ally. These will be the people who will be with you every step of the way. Encouraging yourself to extend friendly gestures to others can be a start. Establish real connections at work with real people. This can contribute to making you a better worker in the process.


The Comedian

How to spot them: Comedians help keep things loose and light at work. They see the lighter side of things and can help ease tension among colleagues.

How to deal with them: Reach out to them if you want a history lesson as part of your contributing education. Make sure to include them in usual office conversations so they won’t feel slighted by being left out.


For part 2, click here.


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