The rude-as-hell coworkerHe's the one who's mean for no reason. I peeped my head into his office to ask to borrow his stapler and it’s either a flat out “No,” or he acts like I just asked him to loan me a million dollars. He always ended our convos with some snarky remark and handled small conflicts as though they were wars. His personal life was miserable, so he made his work life miserable too. He would make fun of people for doing something wrong and tried to boss everyone around as though he was the man in charge. HR has been called on him several times, and each time he would be nice for a week before going back to his rude ways.
The control freak
She was the one who always knew everyone’s personal business (mainly the over-sharer’s) and wanted that to be the topic of discussion during meetings and lunch. Her sentences always started out with “Did you hear about …” or “I heard that she/is…” Although slightly entertaining, talking too much with her led to office drama and politics and turned especially bad when the boss had to send memos or hold meetings to tell the group to re-focus and to stay out of each other’s personal business. She was also a bit dramatic, as every time someone approached her about her gossiping or her falling short on a project, she always had some dramatic excuse and complained about being singled out.
The complainerHe hated working there and we all knew it. How? Because he told us! Every day he made a point to mention someone or something he hated about the job and how he couldn’t wait to leave — even though he’d been working there for about ten years at this point. We would all ask why he was still there if he hated the job so much, and his answers varied between “Because you all need me” (we didn’t), and “I won’t make as much money anywhere else.” We felt it was just because he liked to nag, but he secretly loved this place and everyone in it.