Time for a Career Change?

It’s time for a little cubicle anthropology. We all love to do it so don’t be shy about it. If Marlon Perkins was still alive doing Mutual of Omaha, he surely would have run through the entire animal kingdom and refocused his energy on the different breeds of workers throughout the corporate world. So, in the interest of science, take a quick look around and see if you can spot the following co-worker “types.”

The Complainer

These are the easiest to spot because they are by nature the most vocal. The complainer isn’t just resistant to change; they’re resistant to any slight variation in their lives. One degree warmer or cooler can set them off. Everything from the color of the boss’s tie to texture of the carpet is fair game to these folks. They have a touch of the drama queen to them as well, often blowing mundane issues into gargantuan problems.

The Argumentative Type

Similarly vocal, and therefore just as easy to spot, the argumentative types have an opinion on everything. Every corporate policy change, decision by the boss or choice made by a co-worker – whether it’s business or personal – will be wrong; dead wrong. And they’ll be more than happy to tell you exactly why everyone else is wrong – for the next hour and a half.

The Over-Stressed

Bleary eyed and usually chewing through two pencils a day, the over-stressed are just as easily identified. They jump whenever they hear their name and then twitch involuntarily. Cubicle neighbors are annoyed by the constant cracking of their necks and backs or the drumming of their fingers on the desk. Severe cases have been known to contract sudden onset, late in life stuttering. It’s bizarre.

The Uncommonly Bored

Look for a person who has rearranged their cubicle or office so that his or her computer screen can’t be viewed by unwanted snoopers. You just found yourself someone who is uncommonly bored at work. They’ve arranged their screens in such a way that no one can see the internet sites they are visiting instead of performing any actual work. The uncommonly bored also run the risk of extreme paranoia over whether an IT employee is actually tracking and logging the Internet sites they visit on their computer.

The Flat-Out Disgruntled

It’s best to avoid this type entirely.

All of these types need to seriously consider switching jobs or careers. Most Americans do it an average of three times throughout their lives and it’s time these people contributed to the statistic.

But, here’s the obligatory Law & Order twist. The one you knew was coming but just couldn’t quite predict what it would be. If other co-workers are playing the same game right now, and identifying you as one of these types – it’s time for you to think about a career change as well.