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
524 92
Lazy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Lazy

2
435 71
Takes Credit for Other People'... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Takes Credit for Other People's Work

3
379 55
Uncooperative is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Uncooperative

4
380 58
Can't (or Won't) Follow Direct... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Can't (or Won't) Follow Directions

5
366 54
Rude is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Rude

6
380 64
Vindictive is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Vindictive

7
346 67
Entitled is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Entitled

8
305 79
Argumentative is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Argumentative

9
290 72
Chronic Absenteeism is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Chronic Absenteeism

10
274 71
Drama Magnet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Drama Magnet

11
263 74
Victim Complex is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Victim Complex

12
287 88
Unhygienic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Unhygienic

13
261 78
Arrogant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Arrogant

14
251 78
Selfish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Selfish

The Top Careers for the Future

15
231 97
Constantly Late is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Constantly Late

16
168 67
Brown-nosing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
MartinM1982 added Brown-nosing

17
209 96
Defensive is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Defensive

18
195 87
Disagreeable is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Disagreeable

19
224 108
Gossips is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Gossips

20
212 103
Always Drunk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Always Drunk

21
186 89
Flaky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Flaky

65 Times People Had ONE JOB and Totally Screwed It Up

22
187 94
Snobby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Snobby

23
171 113
Apathetic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Apathetic

24
160 114
Incapable of Multitasking is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Incapable of Multitasking

25
166 123
Easily Confused is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Easily Confused

26
147 117
Disorganized is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Disorganized

27
144 120
Messy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Messy

28
134 120
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
115 137
Forgetful is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Forgetful

30
104 138
Secretive is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Secretive

31
97 149
Absent-minded is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Absent-minded

32
68 172
Clumsy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Clumsy