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What are some of the all-time worst traits for an employee to have? When it comes to the job market, there are lots of bad qualities for employees. But what are the most irritating, annoying employee characteristics? Lazy employees? Rude employees? Sneaky employees? Most of us have worked with people who make you wonder why they have the job they do in the first place.

Bad employee characteristics aren't always obvious. For every overtly lazy employee, there may be another employee who is hardworking but tends to throw people under the bus. While there are tons of annoying habits employees can have, not all of them are equal. Check the list below to vote on your least favorite employee flaws of all time.
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Lazy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Lazy

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2
+ - 343 47
Can't (or Won't) Follow Direct... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Can't (or Won't) Follow Directions

3
+ - 393 64
Takes Credit for Other People'... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Takes Credit for Other People's Work

4
+ - 333 47
Uncooperative is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Uncooperative

5
+ - 344 53
Vindictive is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Vindictive

6
+ - 319 51
Rude is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Rude

7
+ - 300 63
Entitled is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Entitled

8
+ - 262 63
Chronic Absenteeism is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Chronic Absenteeism

9
+ - 270 69
Argumentative is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Argumentative

10
+ - 250 67
Drama Magnet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Drama Magnet

11
+ - 246 67
Victim Complex is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Victim Complex

12
+ - 267 80
Unhygienic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Unhygienic

13
+ - 241 73
Arrogant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Arrogant

14
+ - 233 73
Selfish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Selfish

15
+ - 215 90
Constantly Late is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Constantly Late

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16
+ - 158 56
Brown-nosing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Brown-nosing

17
+ - 195 89
Defensive is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Defensive

18
+ - 185 84
Disagreeable is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Disagreeable

19
+ - 209 102
Gossips is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee

20
+ - 197 98
Always Drunk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Always Drunk

21
+ - 170 80
Flaky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Flaky

22
+ - 175 91
Snobby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Snobby

23
+ - 160 107
Apathetic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Apathetic

24
+ - 161 114
Easily Confused is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Easily Confused

25
+ - 148 104
Incapable of Multitasking is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Incapable of Multitasking

26
+ - 134 113
Disorganized is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Disorganized

27
+ - 134 114
Messy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Messy

28
+ - 128 114
Refuses to Ask for Help is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Refuses to Ask for Help

29
+ - 110 132
Forgetful is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Forgetful

30
+ - 99 131
Secretive is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Secretive

31
+ - 91 143
Absent-minded is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Absent-minded

32
+ - 64 167
Clumsy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Clumsy