Features of awkward colleagues


goo Ranking took a look at a subject close to my heart, what are the characteristics of coworkers who are difficult to work with.


Between the 17th and 18th of January 2012 1,048 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 61.6% of the sample were female, 12.3% in their teens, 15.6% in their twenties, 27.9% in their thirties, 25.8% in their forties, 9.5% in their fifties, and 8.9% in their sixties. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

I’d say the main problem I see with my colleagues is an unwillingness to challenge the status quo, or even to just suggest different ways of doing things. One recent case that comes to mind was that I was moving on to a new project, and I asked what other people in similar environments were using for source code control, and the answer I got back was “nothing”. After banging my head on the desk for a few minutes, I decided to go with git, which I taught myself in two minutes.

Naturally, I have none of the characteristics from the list below.

Ranking result

Q: What are the characteristics of colleagues who are difficult to work with? (Sample size=1,048)

Rank Score
1Violent mood swings100
2Doen’t admit their own mistakes99.4
3Always criticising98.9
4Always changing their viewpoint89.5
5Doesn’t inform me when things are not right82.7
6Poor time management75.8
7Often late for work70.6
8Doesn’t do things by deadlines65.9
10Always talks idealistically50.9
12Drones on and on42.1
13Has no opinions of their own38.5
14=Poor at schedule management35.5
16Poor at explaining things35.0
17Rude to those below them28.4
18No conculsions in their email21.2
19Not proficient with computers20.1
20No self-confidence16.3
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1 Comment »

  1. Janne said,
    February 21, 2012 @ 21:43

    Late comment but: are you freaking kidding me? An (assumedly) professional software development department that does not use a VCS? That does not, in fact, _mandate_ the use of one, no matter what individual devels may be thinking about it?

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