An office environment is just like any other situation where many people must work together in order to achieve similar goals. There are going to be natural leaders among the group along with natural followers. Some will be extroverted and firm in their conviction while others may be more introverted and easily swayed to the majority opinion on an issue.
Every employee, from management to labor, brings with them personality traits that are unique to that individual. Some characteristics are most welcome, such as leadership ability or diplomacy in discussions. Other personality traits, however, can adversely affect the delicate interpersonal dynamics of the office environment.An employee who is difficult to manage can make your life absolutely miserable. They can be every bit as disruptive to the forward progress of your company as an employee who lacks the skills or initiative to be the job well. Often the underlying causes of employee’s negative behavior patterns are quite simple. They may have the perception that they are not appreciated. They may feel they have not been complimented adequately for work well done.
They may feel they deserve more attention. Remember, you should always be liberal with compliments. Key employees especially need attention from you but this is advice that is easier to give than need.Difficult people can be responsible for attitudes at work deteriorating and negativism growing.
They can be responsible for absenteeism, significant loss in productivity and lost clients. They can frustrate and demoralize individuals and teams. You spend every day of your life negotiating, interacting and communicating with people in your workplace. This project is an essential survival tool for anybody who deals with people. It will help you to identify ways to motivate the inactive, face abusive situations in an appropriate manner and learn how to work with caustic personalities. It offers specific behavior responses for each of the major personality types.Problem: Personalities Everyone is irritable or indecisive at times.
But some people are also so difficult that they make others lives and work a strain. Dealing with difficult people is easier when you learn to recognize some common personality types. Then, you can develop coping skills for dealing with each without trying to change them. (Axelrod;Holtje, 2000) Types of Negative Personality Traits There is a question that needs to be answered; what make people have negative personality? Usually, the difficult person is someone who is working from the negative side of their personality, rather than a conscious desire to be difficult.
The person is often unaware of themselves and how they affect others. They also do not realize how harmful their actions are to their own career success.In the business world, we are constantly faced with trying to work with others who may challenge our ability to get things done. There are different negative personality traits that people often exhibit at the workplace. The following explain each of these traits: Domineering: This is another well recognized trait that seems prevalent in people in management positions or positions of corporate power. No matter what anyone say or does, this person will force their ideas on everyone else. Things must be done this person’s way or else.The positive side of dominance is leadership.
When this person is relaxed and working from the positive side of their personality, they can be quite and charming. Many people operating from this negative position are fired publicly, causing them great humiliation and complete loss of control over events. Needless to say, those who have been subjected to their tyranny are joyous in celebrating their defeat.
People avoid domineering people or refuse to deal with them. Also people will not tell them, the truth or provide them with vital information that might help them make better decisions. It may even lead to termination of appointment because of their bad decisions and poor leadership abilities. Perfectionist These people usually have their own set of issues. It’s hard for them to let go. There are never satisfied with their work and are probably their own worst critics. They take forever to get a project or assignment done, because they are always trying to tweak it.
According to Cynthia steele-pucci, “how to deal with difficult personalities”, the perfectionist also has a hard time with criticism. For instance, if the perfectionist gets an almost perfect review at work, they will focus on the part they did not do well in, instead of looking at the overall score.Criticizer: These are people who displace many of their own anxieties into others. They criticize others to make themselves look and/or feel better. Typically, they are the one who make fun of others, pointing out things like who is the worst dressed. They will disagree just for the sale of disagreeing. Arrogance: This is well recognized trait, especially prevalent in technical people.
Many professions share the trait.We see it often in computer programmers, software developers, engineers, doctors and attorneys. This trait is a manifestation of arrogance. Arrogance is a defense against vulnerability and insecurity, often learned in childhood when parents constantly criticize a child for not being good enough. The person is so afraid of being seen as unworthy or incompetent, that they immediately throw up a defensive shield against any possible attack.
In the end they lose credibility and respect.Pessimistic Pessimistic see the glass as half empty. Nothing ever seems to go right for them. They consider themselves inferior physically and mentally. Pessimistic is one of the negative traits exhibited by people who always find something wrong with everything. They are miserable beings avoided by other people.
Emotional: These people have a lot of fear that things might go wrong. They are bundle of nerves and generally suffer from some form of melancholy.In their negative mind, these people react to small things and exaggerate them into distorted and grotesque images. Cry-baby: These people are such cowards that instead of facing life’s difficulties, it is easy for them to run away, hide and cry, or even turn to alcohol trying to escape from their troubles. Also, these people live in the past, suspicious of the future.