Thought Provoking The Worst Traits for an Employee  

Samantha Dillinger
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List Rules Upvote the traits that drive you nuts, downvote the traits that you don't mind so much.

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.
list ordered by

1
573 98
Lazy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Lazy

2
418 59
Uncooperative is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Uncooperative

3
477 78
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
396 58
Rude is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Rude

5
410 65
Can't (or Won't) Follow Direct... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Can't (or Won't) Follow Directions

6
411 70
Vindictive is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Vindictive

7
376 78
Entitled is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Entitled

8
319 77
Chronic Absenteeism is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Chronic Absenteeism

9
296 73
Drama Magnet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Drama Magnet

10
325 88
Argumentative is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Argumentative

11
289 76
Victim Complex is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Victim Complex

12
281 81
Arrogant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Arrogant

13
299 93
Unhygienic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Unhygienic

14
269 83
Selfish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Selfish

15
253 100
Constantly Late is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Constantly Late

16
228 101
Defensive is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Defensive

17
242 112
Gossips is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Gossips

18
184 73
Brown-nosing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
MartinM1982 added Brown-nosing

19
212 92
Disagreeable is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Disagreeable

20
224 110
Always Drunk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Always Drunk

21
200 94
Flaky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Flaky

22
192 101
Snobby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Snobby

23
184 117
Apathetic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Apathetic

24
174 116
Incapable of Multitasking is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Incapable of Multitasking

25
179 127
Easily Confused is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Easily Confused

26
157 121
Disorganized is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Disorganized

27
150 127
Messy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Messy

28
147 125
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
121 143
Forgetful is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Forgetful

30
109 146
Secretive is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Secretive

31
104 157
Absent-minded is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Absent-minded

32
72 183
Clumsy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Clumsy