Even with superpowers, you’re not going to get along with everyone.
Certain people just rub others the wrong way. And unfortunately, in a work environment, this can make for an unproductive team. So it’s a good idea to use those superhuman abilities to weed out the weaklings and troublemakers.
Your office is your S.H.I.E.L.D., so channel your inner Nick Fury to determine who’s worthy of your organization.
You can do yourself a lot of favors during recruitment by knowing what personality types to avoid. Always pass on people who exhibit:
- Egotistical people don’t make for strong team players. Keep an eye out for these self-promoters. And remember: There’s a huge difference between quiet confidence and extreme arrogance. A good way to check? Ask yourself, “Is this person discussing their achievements in context, or does it feel unnatural?” There’s no room for Tony Stark-sized egos in your office. Move along.
- Laziness. A person who puts in minimal effort is toxic to your culture and breeds resentment from hard-working employees who are picking up the slack. You can’t teach someone to have pride in their work. Lazy people not only put very little in – they expect big returns. Everyone needs to pull their weight. After all, where would the Avengers be if the Hulk sat around instead of participating? In big trouble, that’s where.
- Complaining. Let’s face it: No one wants to work side by side with a crybaby. Lucky for you, this type isn’t difficult to spot. One hint to look for: Negotiating the tiniest, most trivial aspects of a job offer. Many times, excessive negotiation shows the candidate is the “nothing’s-ever-good-enough” type, and has little to no empathy for the manager’s difficult situation. Case in point: Loki was a whiner. There’s a reason everyone on Asgard (and Earth) liked Thor better. It wasn’t the hair.
- Over-the-top negativity. People who see the glass as half empty are extremely difficult to work with. They are never satisfied and they drag others down. They also have a tendency to be selfish, narcissistic and controlling. Beware of them. Negative behavior drives more negative behavior. It can lead to poor productivity and low morale. Batman’s no optimist, but if he moped around dejected every time some new obstacle popped up in his life, Gotham would have imploded a long time ago.
- Closed mindedness. In our ever changing society, open mindedness is essential to success. What you need is someone who embraces new ideas with superhuman enthusiasm and eagerness. What you don’t need is someone who can’t – or won’t – adapt to changes. Workers who refuse to evolve won’t grow, and they’ll hold others back, too.
- Blamelessness. And finally, the worst of the worst. The “nothing’s-ever-my-fault” worker. This person is incapable and unwilling to accept blame when things go wrong. He or she will point fingers and scapegoat others, never admitting to wrongdoing. This is a problem for several reasons. First, the employee doesn’t learn and grow from his or her mistakes. Second, you and your other employees will, at some point, end up this person’s scapegoat. This does nothing for morale. Cut this candidate loose, ASAP. Think Magneto – the man who did whatever he wanted and placed all blame on the humans around him. Don’t settle for a Magneto in a world of Professor Xaviers.
Next time you’re recruiting, remember: You don’t need X-ray vision to be able to see through people’s BS. Trust your gut, and consider what you’ve done in the past.
What types of people do you normally avoid? Have you ever hired someone with one of the personality types listed above? How did that turn out?