Who Are You Sitting Next To?

November 3, 2016

If you’ve worked in a few different offices, then you’ve probably experienced a weird sense of déjà vu. Although the product you’re selling might be different, you could be in a different town, or a totally different field, there are some things you aren’t able to escape. It won’t hit you right away, but when it finally does, you’ll feel like you’re in the Twilight Zone. It might happen when you’re sitting in a meeting having the same conversation with the same kinds of people or it could be when you’re minding your own business at your desk and you hear the loud clicking of a keyboard that sounds all too familiar.

Here at InsideOut, we are big believers in creating a culture with a variety of different personalities, but there’s no doubt, that our office, and every office out there has these 5 types of people:

1. The Michael Scott

He definitely walks to the beat of his own drum. Social norms don’t apply to this guy. Although he has lovable and admirable qualities, he might not be the most politically correct person in the office. You might get caught in a conversation that just gets away from you and goes way too far. At times like this phrases like “I hope no one thinks I agree with this guy just because he’s talking to me” go running through your head.

2. The Gossiper

It’s inevitable; every office has its share of gossip. However, this employee enjoys reporting the news a little too much. Nobody is off limits. Normally a good people person, it’s effortless talk to them, yet stay away for your own good. It’s easy sucked into drama and gossip especially when it seems so juicy, but it’s important to know that in a workplace bringing attention to personal drama won’t work out for anybody.

3. The Loud Typer

It might not be personality types, but wow they sure are a part of every company culture. Are they angry at their computer, because it sure sounds like it from the office down the hall…

4. The Leslie Knope

Whether they’re in charge or not, this person is a go-getter. They’re dedicated and go far beyond the call of duty. Leslies are overachievers who love procedures and know they’re always right. While they’re upbeat, they are very by the books, but they always get the job done and are only thinking about the future.

5. The Smooth Talker

Normally in sales, the smooth talker has a very special way of lighting up the room. Maybe it’s the way they dress or their booming voice, but you always want to hear what they have to say. They make you feel like the only person in the room and that’s how they do their job best.

Whether you’re a Michael Scott or a Leslie Knope, every office seems to have these 5 personalities within its walls and cubicles. If you haven’t already, take the NERIS personality type explorer to figure out just where you fit in. Discover your strengths and weaknesses to understand what you can do to be the best you can be.