How should people behave at work

Colleague Pig: You should know these sneaky guys

We-feeling, teamwork, togetherness and the attitude We all pull together to achieve our common goals. It's just great how it works at workplaces. Think! For many employees, such a working atmosphere is and remains just a dream. Instead, an office-is-war mentality applies. Everyone who works with others on the job knows at least one real one Fellow pig. This is annoying, makes work a strenuous ordeal and can lead to the fact that you are toying with the idea of ​​changing jobs. However, you shouldn't give a fellow pig such power - you should recognize the different types and learn to react correctly to them ...

Competition makes fellow pigs

Some fellow pigs are just the way they are. The behavior that is unbearable for others runs in their blood and corresponds to their personality. However, this is rather the exception. Or in other words: Many of the colleagues who really get on your nerves only became like this with time and the situation at work.

The character also plays a role, because not everyone in the team becomes a colleague, although the same conditions prevail in their job. So is competitive thinking and that great competition among themselves a decisive factor that can turn an employee into a real colleague.

In order not to go under, some people extend their elbows. It is increasing only to your own advantage thought to assert itself. The fact that other colleagues suffer from the fact that you are unfair yourself and that your unsympathetic behavior does not make yourself popular is ignored and justified to yourself.

After all, the others are no better either - and the more people think that way, the more fellow pigs there are in the world of work. There will always be competition in the job and fellow pigs will never completely disappear. However, a better working atmosphere in which teamwork is actually lived can be a step in the right direction. The starting point is Leadership work by superiorswho encourage appropriate behavior and at the same time have to prevent underhand behavior.

And with the remaining fellow pigs, you have to deal with them properly in order to keep yourself away from them don't spoil the fun of work allow.

The most common fellow pigs on the job

Colleague pigs come in a wide variety of shapes and forms. What they all have in common, however, is that it is no picnic to have to work with them. Fortunately, there is one more thing in common: you can learn to respond to any type of fellow pig.

Instead of putting your own nerves to the test every day, you can make sure that the behavior stops, at least subsides or bothers you less personally. We will provide you with the various Types of fellow pigs in the job and explain how you can spot these sneaky guys and what you can do about them:

  • Colleague pig: the idler

    Everywhere hectic is breaking out, the stress is getting bigger and with all the tasks you don't even know where your head is. All this does not interest the idler. He somehow manages to stay out of everything and actually only attracts attention by watching others at work. But he does it skillfully, looks busy and stays under the boss' radar. You then have even more tasks hanging on that your colleague pig should actually do.

    The right way to deal with this fellow pig is to expose the idler. Make it clear how little they contribute to the success of the team. That can be done with a simple question like What are you working on right now? happen, which brings the opposite in need of explanation.

  • Colleague pig: The trapper

    Just waiting for others to make a mistake and then casually telling the boss whose fault the problem was with the project? Or provoke errors in your colleagues through a lack of information or targeted misinformation? These kind of fellow pigs are particularly devious and want to better present themselves by luring others into the trap.

    Particular caution is required here, as you must expect to run straight into a trap at any time. The fewer mistakes you make, the less vulnerable you are to this type of fellow pig - and if you show that the effort is useless for you, you will become uninteresting as a potential victim.

  • Colleague pig: The dust collector

    In almost every team there is this one colleague who manages to get recognition for the entire performance of a group work at every opportunity. Five people all worked, but in the end the boss just says Very well done, Mr. Miller. The others can take this as an example. Of course, the fellow pig does not correct him or say who was still involved, after all, he has achieved his goal and alone reaps the laurels.

    The best chance of doing something about this guy is when you make it clear that you will not put up with the behavior. Do not stand by silently while he dusts off the recognition, but team up with the other participants and make it clear that it was a team effort.

  • Colleague pig: The show-off

    The boss was very enthusiastic about my suggestion ... or Did I already tell you how I sold the project to this big customer? Everyone is told about their own achievements, whether the others want to hear it or not. Even when others are reporting on their own work, this fellow pig strikes and tries to trump what has been said.

    Sometimes doing nothing is the best strategy. This is also the case here: A colleague who constantly wants to show off is best treated with total disinterest. Just go over it and ignore the attempt to push yourself to the fore. The lack of attention will bring the show-off to his knees.

  • Colleague pig: The egoist

    He doesn't really want to have anything to do with the team, he doesn't care about agreements and he only pursues his own goals at every opportunity. Egoists don't care what is best for everyone, they care only about what gives them an advantage.

    It is often difficult or even impossible to turn an egoist into a team player. The attempt will therefore probably cost you time and nerves, only to fail in the end. It is better to let the egoist do his thing and stick to colleagues who really want to work together. This also means that the egoist can fall on his face alone if he is on the wrong track and nobody points it out to him.

  • Colleague Pig: The Schleimerin

    The boss only has great ideas, it cannot be agreed and emphasized often enough how innovative and future-oriented the decisions are ... Schleimer adhere to the boss and try to make themselves popular in this way in order to take advantage of the position .

    You can address the behavior and show that you are not missing out on the trickery. But the boss himself has to prevent it, which unfortunately not many do, as it naturally flatters your own ego. You will get satisfaction if you convince with performance and good arguments and thus get the boss on your side.

  • Colleague pig: The thief

    You have a really good idea of ​​tweaking the process, which can save time and money. In the next meeting you want to propose it to the boss, beforehand ask a colleague for his opinion, who is just as enthusiastic. Shortly afterwards, exactly this colleague walks to the boss and presents your idea as his own idea.

    Understandably, the first impulse is anger, as someone else has success with your idea. It is difficult, however, to go and say that it was actually your idea. A better approach is to critically question the weak points and thus force the thief to provide explanations that he cannot provide.

  • Kollegenschwein: The one who seeks help

    It should be quite normal to support each other on the job and to step in when a colleague is stuck and needs help. So of course you agree when you are asked if you can take another look at the presentation. But it doesn't stop at a favor. This fellow pig starts slowly, but then tries to unload more and more work for you and disguises the whole thing behind the innocent question Could you maybe again briefly ...

    Clear boundaries and a clear no are the best defense mechanisms. Don't let yourself be taken advantage of and don't let yourself be persuaded to have a guilty conscience. Of course, you should continue to be helpful, but not to the extent that you are doing all the work for someone else.

  • Colleague pig: The smart guy

    His battlefield is the meeting and he's just waiting for someone else to say something. Then comes the great hour of the unpopular wizard. He basically knows everything better, has something to complain about every idea and finds at least three points that he would spontaneously improve.

    An effective, albeit not entirely simple, strategy against know-it-alls: Go on the offensive yourself again and correct the wise guy. He certainly does not expect this and so he often does not know how to deal with it.

  • Colleague pig: The gossip aunt

    Everything you say can and will be used against you in the corridor. The rumor mill is seething in most workplaces and it is often one person who fires it up with all his might. Every gossip is spread immediately, every rumor spread and every trace of information passed on to all colleagues, no matter how small.

    The following applies to you: stay out of the gossip. The less you reveal, the less you can be blasphemed. Likewise, you shouldn't spread half-truths or rumors that you've heard. Then this fellow pig has nothing left to talk about.

  • Colleague pig: the bully

    Probably the most aggressive form of a fellow pig is the bully. He really makes life hell for other employees, marginalizes them, insults them, criticizes them for no reason or even threatens them. The bullying can even go so far that the health of the victim suffers or the victim quits the job.

    If you are bullying yourself or if you notice it at work, you should contact the boss immediately. It is often difficult to defend yourself against a bully alone, which is why the boss has to intervene.

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January 24, 2021Author: Jochen Mai

Jochen Mai is the founder and editor-in-chief of the career bible. The author of several books lectures at the TH Köln and is a sought-after keynote speaker, coach and consultant.

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