Don’t Be “That” Guy

New Professionals

Every office has “that” guy. You know, the guy that everybody hates for (insert reason here), or the guy that everyone ignores because (insert reason here). Regardless of the reasoning behind it, there’s certainly nothing to be gained by being “that” guy. What’s odd is that every office seems to have a guy (or girl, don’t think you’re invincible ladies) like that. Take a second to think about it and I can guarantee that you’ll know exactly who I’m talking about.

More often than not there’s a reason why that person is “that” guy, be it some particularly annoying traits that they have or their overall attitude and presence. Whether or not you agree with the way that guy is treated, the reality is that there is no benefit to becoming him (or her). When you go to work, start a new job, or transfer to a new department within your current company, employ a few common-sense mannerisms to avoid being negatively branded:

  • Greet people warmly – But avoid sounding insincere. Say good morning, have a smile on your face, and leave whatever problems you have outside of work at the door. Being approachable is one of the most effective ways to be liked, even if it’s not immediately. More importantly, as work isn’t always about making friends, it’s easier for people to work with you if they know they can approach you without having their heads torn off.
  • Be constructive and helpful – Rather than contradict everyone and challenge the rules all of the time, contribute to the environment by being constructive and thoughtful. Offer your opinion when it is warranted and don’t be afraid to express your concerns and beliefs when they are called for.
  • Pull your weight – Pull your share of the weight. Don’t rely on others to pick up your slack as it’s both unfair and one of the main reasons that your coworkers may grow to resent you. Do what your job entails and do it well- this leaves no one a reason to complain about your performance.
  • Avoid office drama – Office drama is going to happen, so do your best to stay out of it. Don’t take sides, don’t spread rumors, and don’t facilitate them either.

At the end of the day it’s your job to get to know the people that you are working with and to find a way to coexist peacefully. Then again, so long as you are considerate and good at what you do, there’s no reason for a problem to arise. Have fun :)

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3 thoughts on “Don’t Be “That” Guy

  1. Its funny that every office has those people! I personally believe there is more than one of “that guy”, however the others are just better at masking it.

  2. as a contractor, i think the last point is the most important. anywhere you go, there’s “that guy” making his miserable presence known. avoid the bad and focus on the job. if i can keep the drama i’m involved with to a minimal, it makes it that much easier for me to do a good job, and that’s what’s going to reflect in my work.

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