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6 Types Of People Who’re Most Popular At Work

6 Types Of People Who’re Most Popular At Work

When you wake up on Monday morning, do you jump up out of bed all enthusiastic to meet your colleagues at your workplace? Do you feel like you are on a mission while working with them?

Considering that we spend almost 1/3 of our lives at our working place, it is so satisfying to work with people who make you feel inspired by being in their company. If you want to be productive, fulfilled and feeling happy at your workplace, look for (or become one of) the people who make teamwork great.

Who are these types of people?

1. Resourceful people

Resourceful people have the amazing ability to see a solution in just about every problem they encounter.

Whenever you present them a problem they seem to be almost happy somebody finally asked them for the solution.
They usually start with: “Well, hmm… what can we do here? I see what you mean… Are there any other ways we can look at this? Oh, yes! What if we do it…” , and they are already on their way to finding the best possible solution.

Having such person in a team is a blessing. You know there is no place for negativity when working with them because you feel like swearing if you say words like: “It is hard, it can’t be done, why happen this to us”.

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Resourceful people always make the working process highly productive and inspiring for every team member. When working with them, it won’t be long before everybody in the team is satisfied with their great solution.

2. A visionary

Visionaries usually think in decades rather than days or weeks and have a very clear picture what they want to accomplish in their lives.

They truly believe that one man can’t do anything significant so they strongly believe in the team. They always look for the best team, not just any team. Considering this, it might not be the easiest task to work in a team led by the visionary. They are definitely demanding because they have very high standards for themselves but also for the people who they work with.

So, where is the beauty of working with the visionary?

Working with a visionary you always have a feeling you are working on something big; bigger than yourself. You know that even after you pass away something will stay here as a sign of your teamwork – one of the greatest satisfactions you can have in your life.

Stop here for a moment. Just imagine how it feels when you make a mark in your life that other people will remember, because of the improvement you and your team made. Wouldn’t that feel great?

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A great example of a recent visionary was Steve Jobs of Apple. He probably wasn’t the easiest man on Earth to work with, but people who worked (or still work) at Apple know they created and are still creating products that will be remembered long after.

3. ‘Have fun’ people

‘Have fun’ people are the kind of people who just can’t stand to be serious for more than two hours.
They can be still very productive (because they aren’t ordinary joke-tellers) but their ability to enjoy life (and work) is just a part of their personality.

Working with them is always a pure pleasure because you know from the very beginning of the project that there is simply no place for stress. Even when a stressful situation appears they’ll find a way to loosen things up by saying a small remark or a comment on how life is beautiful.

So, working with ‘Have fun’ people on a project means there will be time for laughing, excitement and even surprise.
It is natural for them to bring some funny stuff the the workplace, some things you might not expect – like bringing their little dog into the office or surprising the whole team with a big bucket of ice-cream for the break on a snowy December morning.

4. Doers

Having people who always do and finish their work in a team is a great feeling because you can always count on their promises. Doers are people who keep the workflow of any project running smoothly.

They usually don’t talk to you a lot but don’t take it as they don’t like you. The fact is, they don’t talk too much to anybody.

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Their moment of glory is always the time when they bring their results on time and this is the way they show you some affection.

Having a doer in a working group brings a lot of certainty in. They also inspire others to finish their assignment. So, if you are the type of person who has some difficulties finishing things up, try to stick with doers and your results will improve rapidly.

5. Sympathetic people

Have you ever worked in a team where there was a person always taking care that fruit was on the table all the time, or asking you if you need something from the shop?
If that was not your secretary (whose work description happens to include all these things) but your coworker, it means you have worked or you still work with a very sympathetic, caring person.

Such a person can make a working place as nice as home. As every home needs a caring personality, so too does a nice working environment.
They will always make you feel good. Feeling you matter to someone can help with any situation.

6. Focused people

If you like working in a highly effective team you will appreciate working with focused people. They are like drilling machines. If they set on a specific task they don’t like to mess around a lot. Focused people always find solutions because their task become their only purpose in their lives.

Being around focused people, you can be sure the energy in the team will always be high. Their attitude is, ‘don’t mess around and let’s get to the point,’ which will automatically exclude all time wasters.

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If you enjoy what you do, working with focused people is like driving on the highway to success…

YES, THERE ARE people who have more than one ability mentioned above. Having a person with one or more of these abilities in the team means you have a very strong reason to wake up enthusiastic every morning and head to your business or workplace with a smile on your face.

Why? Because you will become like the people you spend the most time with.

Look for the people around you who inspire you, who make you proud of them and of yourself, and work will become a pleasure.

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5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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