Difficult Personalities: The Not-My-Job-er

This individual expresses her negativity by refusing to do any task, no matter how simple, if she decides it is not part of her job responsibilities. It is often her way of getting back at colleagues, managers or the organization itself because of her unhappiness with how she is being treated. Her favorite saying is, "It is not part of my job description to do that."

Here's an example.

Overworked Colleague: Andrea, could you drop this package off for me?

Not-My-Job-er: That's not my job.

Overworked Colleague: I'll drop off the package if you answer my calls.

Not-My-Job-er: Well, that's not what I'm supposed to do either.

Overworked Colleague: Andrea, just what exactly is your job description?

Not-My-Job-er: I was hired to take inventory, check shipment dates, do status reports and trace lost packages.

The Solution
Try to find training and development opportunities for a Not-My-Job-er. Oftentimes she wants growth and advancement, but when she feels she is on a dead-end career road, she loses her enthusiasm for work and tries to do as little as possible.

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Excerpted from Managing Workplace Negativity by Gary Topchik, published by AMACOM Books

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