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At work, there’s usually at least one person who doesn’t always pull their weight for whatever reason. We wonder why they’re still in the office, what makes them tick and whether there are reasons for their perceived bad attitude to office culture. Although the so-called ‘workplace can’t’ comes in different forms, there are certain characteristics they share. Related: 5 Strategies To Deal With A Horrible Co-Worker A survey of office workers across the UK found that the token obstructive co-worker was most likely to work in the HR department, something almost 18% of those polled said. They were among those most likely to refuse a reasonable-sounding request. The next most popular choice was a colleague working in the Finance or Accounting department, although they got just 10% of the vote.


What’s in a name?

Male ‘cant’s’ are most likely to be called David, whereas the female equivalent’s most common name was Sarah. Both of them worked in HR, while they were both seen as being in their mid-40s. The obstructive worker was seen as being more likely to be a woman, according to 54% of the people surveyed, while 31% said she was a brunette. The male can’t was most likely to have grey hair. Names are unlikely to have a major bearing on someone’s personality, but if there’s a David or Sarah in your office and they’re acting a little strange, you may have reason to feel a little suspicious! HR workers in particular appear to be in the firing line for colleagues’ scorn, but why are they seen as most likely to upset the applecart?

Under pressure

In any business, the HR department is needed to keep everything ticking over. However, this can be easier said than done, with many HR and admin workers under extreme pressure to get everything done on time. When they do get something wrong, they tend to be in the firing line from colleagues in other departments. Any workplace ‘can’t’ working in HR is inevitably going to make things more difficult for everyone. Holding things up will make them universally loathed by colleagues, thereby making it far more difficult for them to progress or get what they want from their job and career in the long-term.

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