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
567 97
Lazy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Lazy

2
412 59
Uncooperative is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Uncooperative

3
471 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
391 58
Rude is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Rude

5
406 64
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
406 69
Vindictive is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Vindictive

7
371 78
Entitled is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Entitled

8
314 77
Chronic Absenteeism is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Chronic Absenteeism

9
292 72
Drama Magnet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Drama Magnet

10
321 87
Argumentative is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Argumentative

11
284 75
Victim Complex is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Victim Complex

12
278 80
Arrogant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Arrogant

13
295 93
Unhygienic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Unhygienic

14
264 81
Selfish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Selfish

15
248 100
Constantly Late is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Constantly Late

16
223 100
Defensive is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Defensive

17
239 111
Gossips is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Gossips

18
181 72
Brown-nosing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
MartinM1982 added Brown-nosing

19
209 92
Disagreeable is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Disagreeable

20
223 108
Always Drunk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Always Drunk

21
198 93
Flaky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Flaky

22
191 99
Snobby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Snobby

23
182 116
Apathetic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Apathetic

24
172 115
Incapable of Multitasking is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Incapable of Multitasking

25
174 127
Easily Confused is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Easily Confused

26
154 120
Disorganized is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Disorganized

27
146 123
Refuses to Ask for Help is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Refuses to Ask for Help

28
148 126
Messy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Messy

29
119 142
Forgetful is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Forgetful

30
108 144
Secretive is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Secretive

31
102 156
Absent-minded is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Absent-minded

32
71 180
Clumsy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Traits for an Employee
Clumsy