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CO-wOrKers we spend so much of our lives at work, so it is certainly important that we enjoy what we are doing and that we “get along” with those we work with. Most workplaces have a wide range of personalities, and there is bound to be some butting of heads. it is important to first determine what type of co-worker you are and that will help shape you into the type of co-worker that can develop long-lasting professional relationships! toolbox INSIDER vOLUME 62 13 Types of irritating co-workers Whenever you isolate many different types of people into one workspace, chances are you’ll have some personality clashes. Some behaviors, such as those listed here, are annoying but not necessarily toxic. It is important to not only approach irritating colleagues carefully, but also to remind ourselves to avoid situations that make us difficult to work with. We all have our pet peeves. Do you see yourself in any of these? The Martyr “Doesn’t anyone else work around here?” “If I don’t complain, no one will know how much I’m doing!” “No one understands me anyway, so why bother?” These are just a few common “martyr-isms.” Don’t be that co-worker. The Passive-Aggressor Though not openly complaining that someone else isn’t working as much, the PassiveAggressor still can’t resist mentioning how late he or she stayed last night or commenting on his or her “insane” amount of work. The PassiveAggressor may also leave vaguely threatening notes on the office fridge or in the bathroom. The Forgetful Borrower This person borrows staplers, highlighters, tape and other things from others’ desks and forgets to return them. Worse, he or she may not even ask to borrow them. The Slacker There always seems to be one team member who is content to let everyone else do the work, but is always there to take the credit. Nothing motivates a team more than seeing someone loudly and publicly praised for a halfhearted effort. Part of the joy of teamwork. The Drama Queen/King The term “drama queen,” or less frequently, “drama king,” is usually applied to someone with a demanding or overbearing personality who tends to overreact to seemingly minor incidents. Psychologists might describe a drama queen or king as a neurotic personality with histrionic AFTERMARKET INSIDER | JANUARY • FEBRUARY 2010 | 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Aftermarket Insider - January/February 2010

Aftermarket Insider - January/February 2010
President's Message
Association News
Branching Out with our Green Message
Government Affairs
Technology Update
Market Research
Member Profile
Toolbox: Co-workers
International Focus
It's All at AAPEX
Company Profile
Market Research

Aftermarket Insider - January/February 2010