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The 25 Species of Coworkers

Alice Handley and Kayla Baxter | NonProfitPeople

The Complainer


What they do:

No job is too big or too small for the complainer to whine about. Whether things are so slow that they’re dying of boredom or so busy they’re going to go insane, you’re sure to hear about it.

How to deal:

Like The Gossip, The Complainer is impossible to quiet. Cheering them up doesn’t work, suggesting solutions doesn’t work, even complaining along with them doesn’t work. You know what does work? A sincere sentence (it only works if you sound like you really mean it): “You know, that sounds terrible. I don’t know how you deal with all these problems.” You’re just acknowledging that this is a huge issue for The Complainer, which it undoubtedly is. Try it and see if they don’t clam up in shock that someone actually listened to them.

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