7 types of toxic colleagues you should keep away



A workspace consists of people from various backgrounds, that determine what kind of a person they are.

While some are extremely supportive and helpful, others might see you as a competition and act as hurdles between you and success.

After these two categories, comes the worst kind i.e. the toxic coworkers. They suck out your energy and make you doubt yourself constantly.

Furthermore, they are experts at gossiping and badmouthing, and are likely to go all around the office saying bad things about you.

Thus, it is important to identify them and cut them off of your life. Here is a look at the types of toxic colleagues you should keep away from.

1. The vulture

They are experts at taking credits when you are the one who did all the hard work. Consider yourself in a situation where you are trying to complete a major project. However, you are out of mental and physical energy to complete the last hurdle. But then a ‘kind’ coworker offers some help, and without even you knowing it, they have submitted it to your boss! Just like a vulture, they swoop in at the last minute and fly off with the prize.

2. ​The gossip king/queen

Your workplace is filled with a ton of people who either vaguely or closely know each other, and there are bound to be rumors flying about. However, you must know that if they are gossiping about someone with you, chances are they might do the same about you with someone else.

3. The politician

The politician is consumed with company politics. Their work-life becomes a game in which they are constantly trying to “win” the next job, the next promotion, and the next project. However, they spend little or no time fulfilling their current responsibilities. They completely believe that promotions are not based on merit!

4. ​The know-it-all

Such people thrive when they make others feel less capable and inferior. If you get close to them, you are signing up for a life of inferiority complex. They will never recognize you as their equal. They have a huge ego, which is most important to them.

5. The back-stabber

They steal others’ ideas to get into the good books of the boss. They are charming at first and know how to earn your trust until you get burned.

6. The lazy one

Every office or workplace has its fair share of lazy people. Whether they were once good employees and became complacent with all their achievements, or they were just lazy from the start, these individuals are people you shouldn’t even bother with. They make no real contribution to the workplace, except for executing a few menial tasks here and there. Also, they are also the ones to complain about “all the work” they have.

7. The guilt tripper

Imagine a coworker making a snide remark about you finishing “early” when you have worked hard all day long. They say it in the most passive-aggressive manner that it makes you feel guilty for not even doing anything wrong, even though it feels like you committed a cardinal sin.