10 Least Wanted Co-Workers


Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon


You might be searching for a job -- or just trying to hold on to one for dear life. Times are rough, and not everyone's on their best behavior. But whether you're seeking employment or firmly ensconced in a solid position, one of your biggest challenges is navigating people at the office. People who stick their noses in your cube or trick you into doing their work; people who just have to tell you about some lame blog -- again.

In our book, "I Hate People! Kick Loose from the Overbearing and Underhanded Jerks at Work and Get What you Want Out of Your Job," we call these people the "Ten Least Wanted." Some drive you to distraction like water torture. Others may be fatal to your career.

Learn to identify them in a glance or a few words. Counter their productivity-sapping powers with our ready strategies.