questionsdo you work with someone described in this…

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The Hear-Me-Hum, yes! We have one here, I'm not sure how she hasn't been fired since she actually hasn't done work in probably 10 years. She literally walks around the office for an hour just humming and making other werid noises.

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I wonder which one of these personalities I offended to get a down vote.
Probably a Talker-Downer.

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We have a number of Pointless Interrupters where I work.

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@kp1111: I'll admit, I am probably an occasional talker-downer (but I didn't down-vote). I feel it is necessary at times when my initial explanation wasn't understood. And, there are other times when I figured something out by myself, I generally expect others to do the same. When they don't is often when they get talked-down to. Or, maybe I'm just a huge jerk (I'm starting to think that is the case :) ).

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They missed a boss like the one from "The Devil Wears Prada"

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They forgot the "One-Upper" — that person that just has to top every story told. I used to work with a guy that was both a Pointless-Interrupter and One-Upper.

I currently work with a Hear-Me-Hum and some days, I want to murder him. When he was in another department, they actually had to talk to him because he sings out loud at his desk to his music (in headphones).

Since that talk, he whisper-sings which may actually be more annoying, and sometimes he will get suddenly louder on just a word or two in the song. It seems like one of those things he isn't aware of and has a hard time controlling. And yes, he has been talked to about it (again).

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Yes, we too have a Hear-Me-Hum worker. Whether she is humming, singing, talking to herself, she is always making a noise. Drives me nuts. She sits outside of my office but makes sure she is loud enough so everyone in our dept. hears her. There are times if I really need to concentrate I actually have to shut my door just because of her constant noise. Love her to death though, so it's just something we've all learned to deal with.

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@lmensor: My god...the talking to herself thing will push me over the edge one day... She'll be proof-reading an email or something and all I hear are whispery S and T sounds. whisper whisper whisper... make it stop! I think it would annoy me less if she read aloud in a normal voice.

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We've had some talker-downers, but the article is spot about calling them out on it. I usually only have to deal with it once or twice before they stop acting like god's gift to the company.

They missed the one I deal with all the time: The Early Retiree

Habitat: In hiding any time they can get away with it. Check dark corners and bathroom stalls.

Description: The Early Retiree should probably have retired years ago, but still needs the paycheck and health benefits. He's got more experience than anyone else in the company, but can't be relied on to do anything if he isn't under constant supervision. Even then he may take hours to perform simple tasks.

Defense: If your employer isn't willing to turn the Early Retiree into an Actual Retiree, the only known defense is to grin and bear it while being forced to take up his slack.

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@bsmith1: Yes, I know exactly what you mean! And heaven help us all if someone makes her mad, she just goes on and on and on talking to herself about it, how they wronged her, and how horrible they are for giving her the work. That's when I want to go out and strangle her!

What makes it even worse is then she will come in to each one of us individually and tell us about it, not that we haven't already heard all about it from her fit that she's thrown. What's sad is this is a mature woman (60+), not a young girl who doesn't know any better.

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Nope. But I do work with some Harpers On Your Musical Tastes ("You don't look like you'd listen to..."even though you keep it outside the workplace), some Tellers Of All That Is Personal, and some Crazy Conspiracy Theorists.

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Didn't bother clicking the link (I have to work with these types of people, why read about them in what little free time I have?), but in looking at people's responses, it looks like some bored journalist took characters out of Dilbert strips and wrote an article on them.

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I must have been cursed with the Nothing Will Ever Work-er.

No idea will ever work. No broad protocol can ever be implemented. Nothing, nothing, will ever help or change anything. Since nothing will ever work, this meeting must now be derailed into an extra 45min rant of negativity.

I feel like a jerk just subjecting you all to that description. Sorry about that. Luckily, I don't work with that person anymore.

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I guess I'd be whatever the opposite of a talk downer is. I'm a horrible teacher at work or in my private life. Although I know it's irrational, my brain just refuses to accept that something that comes to me easily isn't just as obvious to everyone else. Then I get frustrated when I have to explain things.

So I have a habit of abandoning trainees and small children to their own devices, and am perplexed when they ask for help. "Why can't you do this? It's easy (to me.)"

Does it make things better if I apologize when I notice I'm doing it?