When I started to work I was not aware of all the different types of workers. Each co-worker had a different way of doing things and a different personality. I can classify them into four categories because they are the most common, the lazy, the complainer, the talker, and the know-it-all. My first job was at Target, and I encountered the know-it-all that was always telling me how to do things because he had been there longer. I also met the lazy co-worker that made my work harder. My next and current job was at Foot locker, here I faced the complainer. This person complained about the long hours and all the work he had to do.
At both my jobs I’ve met a person that is a talker, a lazy, a complainer, and a know-it-all. A lazy co-worker always wants to get their task done so they don’t get in trouble with management but they do it with little effort as possible. They take shortcuts doing the work. For example if ordered to organize some boxes according to size and color, a lazy worker will only do the ones that are on the top or a few that will be checked by the supervisor. Due to the worker’s inability to complete a task the correct way someone else will have to fix them another day, and cause payroll to be wasted.
The hours spent fixing a lazy worker’s mistake could be used on something more productive. Lazy workers keep their jobs for as long as they do by taking credit from others. If asked to do a specific job with another person the lazy worker will take advantage of the other’s work ethic to take the same amount of credit for the work done. Workers sometimes complain a lot about the job. There are the ones who complain whenever the rules are enforced, these are the people that express out loud their dissatisfaction.
The people who are complainers, most of the time they go and complain to everybody who will hear them or to the co-workers who are on the same level as them, since they are more likely to agree. These people are not ones to go complain to their manager or supervisor because they know they are being unreasonable and their superiors will tell them otherwise. A similar situation happens when the job is going smoothly and one person has to complain about something. They find excuses and people to blame for their frustration that is only made-up in their heads. The talker sometimes is a person who can’t talk and work at the same time.
People who talk a lot at work tend to know everybody and there’s always a topic of conversation with every person they meet. The talker sometimes slows down a project because they will continue to talk while the other people are working and even make the others stop. The talker also does hand gestures and noise to go with their story. If you need to know something about someone else you go and talk to this person. The other type of talker is the one that talks only about personal stuff. All of the other workers hear about where they live, family members, pets and hobbies.
This type of talker is particularly annoying to everybody because no one really asks to know about it. The-know-it-all is classified in two types, the novice and the veteran. The veteran is a worker that has worked for the company for several years and has been in the same position or different one but thinks he is an expert at everything. This person will take over doing your job just to prove he can do it better. Due to all of the experience they have, they are hesitant to changes and new practices. The novice worker is someone who has not been working there for quite as long but they think that they can do it better.
They will attempt to do the work their way even though they don’t have as much knowledge because they are inexperienced. This can be frustrated to senior workers because they are used to following an exact system and only taking orders from supervisors. From the four categories, I fall into the know-it-all. I tend to take my job very serious, and sometimes doing a good job depends on my co-workers to do a good job too. Sometimes I see co-workers make mistakes or struggling with their work, it is really not my intention to take over their job.