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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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468 72
Lazy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Lazy

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2
347 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
396 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
338 47
Uncooperative is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Uncooperative

5
347 54
Vindictive is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Vindictive

6
320 52
Rude is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Rude

7
304 63
Entitled is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Entitled

8
265 66
Chronic Absenteeism is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Chronic Absenteeism

9
271 70
Argumentative is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Argumentative

10
252 68
Drama Magnet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Drama Magnet

11
248 68
Victim Complex is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Victim Complex

12
270 80
Unhygienic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Unhygienic

13
243 73
Arrogant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Arrogant

14
235 73
Selfish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Selfish

15
215 92
Constantly Late is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Constantly Late

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16
160 56
Brown-nosing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
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17
196 90
Defensive is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Defensive

18
186 84
Disagreeable is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Disagreeable

19
210 102
Gossips is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee

20
197 100
Always Drunk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Always Drunk

21
170 82
Flaky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Flaky

22
176 92
Snobby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Snobby

23
162 108
Apathetic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Apathetic

24
149 105
Incapable of Multitasking is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Incapable of Multitasking

25
161 116
Easily Confused is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Easily Confused

26
136 114
Disorganized is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Disorganized

27
135 116
Messy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Messy

28
129 115
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
111 134
Forgetful is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Forgetful

30
100 132
Secretive is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Secretive

31
91 144
Absent-minded is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Absent-minded

32
64 168
Clumsy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Clumsy