I’ve been working since I was eighteen and I’ve come to realize that the workplace is no different from school – learning and working are never ending processes. There’s always more to know and there always more assignments to complete.
And just like school, among your workmates you’ll come across a number of different personalities: the chatterbox, the comedian, the observer, the star, the slacker, and the troublemaker.
I consider myself the star and the occasional jokester. How about you?
Workplace personality #1: “The Troublemaker”
These are the unofficial directors of the company, hijacking the right to oversee their team members’ performance and evaluate their existence.
These natural interrogators have something to say about everything – constantly giving unsolicited advice, stating the obvious, and repeatedly asking obnoxious questions.
Workplace personality #2: “The Slacker”
These are the lay-a-bout individuals who do the bare minimum when it comes to work. These energy savers do just enough to keep their jobs and little or nothing to increase their productivity.
They often prioritize their personal goals over their main tasks during working hours, will waste time and then complain about the heavy workload when a project deadline gets closer.
Workplace personality #3: “The Comedian”
Next up are the comedians. These are the jokesters who can find the humour in everything and anything.
When the work gets hectic, they are the ones who will cut the tension in the room with their sharp wit and timely jokes.
Workplace personality #4: “The Star”
These individuals are role model employees who carry out their duties in an efficient and timely manner.
These optimizers are willing to go beyond the call of duty to ensure customer satisfaction and task execution, and they work just as well independently as they do with others.
Workplace personality #5: “The Chatterbox”
These individuals are the office’s storytellers. And without hesitation, they’ll tell you their life story in great detail.
Being born oversharers, they hate secrecy and are proud supporters of the “Honesty is the Best Policy” campaign.
Workplace personality #6: “The Observer”
Last, but certainly not least, we have the information hubs of the office.
These reporters share the office’s daily news and drama of the week to every passing ear.
They can tell you who is single, who is married to whom, and who lives where. Not to mention, their office politics radar is ‘up like 7.’
When these different personalities interact with each other clashes are bound to happen . But your personal prejudices shouldn’t affect the level at which you do your job.
As employees, we spend most of our time in the workplace and so we need to learn to coexist with our co-workers in order to maintain our sanity and efficiency.
I believe the key to team members working harmoniously together is accepting that everyone is on the same team. If one person fails, we all fail. And, hey, at the end of the day, we all have the same goal: meet the organization’s objectives. Moreover, some projects require collaboration between departments, and that means accepting the differences we all bring to the table.
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5 Costly mistakes you’re making on social media when it comes to getting a job
When you use social media it’s all about the quality of your posts and the audience you attract. You should use social media in a positive way that makes you look professional and work ready.
Companies use background checks as a reliable way of verifying claims made by applicants when they go for a job. And because we’re living in a world of technology, they use that technology to their advantage when screening prospective hires.
But here are 5 things that might be messing up your chances of getting the job.
You use social media has a venting outlet
Many people use social media as a venting outlet to release anger and oftentimes say what they think without considering the consequences of their actions.
You may be having a bad day, may have had a disagreement with someone or may have had a bad experience at a particular location. And then you choose to vent about it on social media out of anger.
Things like that only leave employers to think one thing. And that is, if they hire you and you get angry you’ll tarnish the company’s image in the same way you’ve already tarnished your own.
You share too much of the wrong information
You should be very mindful of the things you share and the source that your information is coming from.
Think before you broadcast.
Ask yourself: is the source of the information I’m sharing credible? And do your research before sharing. This is how fake news gets spread, and you really don’t want to be a part of that.
Poor usage of grammar and spelling
Communication is a core skill that’s needed in any work environment. And If you’re constantly making spelling and grammatical errors on social media it only leaves employers to think that you might not be able to express yourself well through writing or even face to face communication.
Are you posting inappropriate pictures online?
Posting inappropriate pictures on social media can really damage your image.
You have to be professional with your online brand, and understand that whatever is seen on your pages is what potential employers use to judge you as a candidate.
Posting sexual content and promoting drugs, alcohol, violence or any illegal activities only shows you up in a negative light. And employers are looking to hire candidates who they believe can positively reflect their organization.
So, it’s best to clean up your image if you want a shot at that dream job of yours.
When was the last time you updated your account?
An account that’s out of date tends not to be a good look. It may be time to update your account and be more consistent with your posting regime.
Social media is a useful tool to show off your skills and personality, share your hobbies, friendships, and achievements. And employers want to see how well you network and build engagement to create your personal brand before they start to trust you with theirs.
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