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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
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Uncooperative is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Uncooperative
2
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
Rude is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Rude
4
Lazy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Lazy
5
Takes Credit for Other People'... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Takes Credit for Other People's Work
6
Vindictive is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Vindictive
7
Entitled is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Entitled
8
Chronic Absenteeism is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Chronic Absenteeism
9
Drama Magnet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Drama Magnet
10
Victim Complex is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Victim Complex
11
Argumentative is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Argumentative
12
Arrogant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Arrogant
13
Unhygienic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Unhygienic
14
Selfish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Selfish
15
Constantly Late is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Constantly Late
16
Brown-nosing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
MartinM1982 added Brown-nosing
17
Defensive is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Defensive
18
Gossips is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Gossips
19
Disagreeable is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Disagreeable
20
Flaky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Flaky
21
Always Drunk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Always Drunk
22
Snobby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Snobby
23
Incapable of Multitasking is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Incapable of Multitasking
24
Apathetic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Apathetic
25
Easily Confused is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Easily Confused