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The 10 Types of People in Every Office/ Workplace

by champions in Workplace 05/04/2017 0 comments

If you work in an office, you will obviously meet lots of different types of people during your day to day duties. Whether you work on a small team in a small office, or a team in a big office with other companies, there will always be 10 types of people which can be found in every single office.

Here they are – let us know which ones you’ve encountered:

1) The bathroom talker:

Going to the toilet is a natural thing, that everyone has to do – but it’s also your alone time.

When you go into the bathroom at work and see someone you know, do you talk to them? That’s weird to me. I’m not a bathroom talker.

You don’t want Geoff from Accounting to start a conversation about tax while you’re doing your business, do you?

Don’t try and talk to me through the bathroom door please. I know it’s related to work but I’m obviously in here hiding

2) The lunch stealer:

The night before work, you’ve taken time out of your evening to prepare yourself a packed lunch for the next day, and you put that salad in the fridge, get excited for lunchtime to come round, but then find it’s been nicked – and there’s only one culprit…

…the person who steals everything!

You know exactly who it is – it’s the person who also takes your tea bags and sauce without asking. You’re too polite to confront them about it, but once they steal your lunch, there’s no going back.

Some dirtbag at work stole my cookie out of my lunch and ate it so now I’m eating everyone else’s food as retribution until he steps forward

3) The smelly food eater:

On the opposite end of the lunch spectrum, you have the person who brings in food which is totally not suitable for public areas. Who eats fish or eggs so openly? Why do you bring smelly food into the office?

I hate when people bring they smelly food into the office. Eat that at home or in your car.

4) The ice cube:


In every office, there is one person who, when it’s sunny, will be cold and, when it’s cold, will be really warm.

They’ll want the radiator on full blast during summer, and the window open during winter.

5) The desk drummer:

There are two types of office workers: those who love to listen to music as they get on with their to-do list, and those who cannot concentrate, AT ALL, when music is playing.

Within one section of these workers is a rare breed: the desk drummer.

They’ll say nothing all day, but they’ll make a lot of noise with their fingers.

I work with someone who sings and bangs his hands on the desk as if he’s drumming. HALP.

Yes, you’ve got your headphones in and we know you like that song, but you’re not in Metallica, so STOP TAPPING ON THE TABLE.

6) The human buzzword:

“Ping that over to me…”

Ping what? Your elastic band?

Business word of the day that I hate: “ping”. “Let me ping that over to you”. Are you on a sub? Are you going to send it via sonar?

“I want the MD to sign this off before close of play…”

Close of play? Which game are playing?

7) The chatterbox:

We all like a chat, especially on a Monday morning after a busy weekend, but Synthia, we don’t want to know what pedicure you got in Devon on your weekend break with your husband – we just want to finish this spreadsheet.

There is this girl at work right now that will not stop talking to me and she is an actual moron please send help

If you like to talk, understand when it’s suitable – i.e. lunchtime or before/after work. We’ll even take some conversation whilst by the coffee machine or the water cooler.

8) The organiser:

Do you have one person in your office who is always sending calendar invites or emailing for certain times or details?

I wish my bosses would stop sending me calendar invites for mandatory events so that I could stop getting in trouble for denying the invite.

If not, it’s you.

P.S. Everyone who works at Link Humans: this is me, I know. I’m guilty as charged!

9) The time freak:

Someone sets you a project and needs it done by Monday…but they follow up on Thursday.


I know from experience that PR is a hard and frustrating job but how is it still common practice to call to follow up on an email

Let me get on with it and once it’s done, I’ll send it over.

There is no need to follow up on an email with another email one hour after you sent the original email.

10) Your companion:

In life, you need a buddy or a friend – someone who is going through the same as you.

My best friend at work is an old Indian man named Rueben. He gives me awkward high fives and I call him names like “Studdard” and “sandwich

You need someone who has Monday pains, and the Friday feeling, and makes it all better.

By Laurence Hebberd

Senior Account Manager at Link Humans, an employer branding agency.

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