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The 25 Species of Coworkers

Alice Handley and Kayla Baxter

The Smiling Backstabber

What they do:

The Smiling Backstabber is one of the worst office types you’ll ever have the misfortune to encounter. At least most mean people are nice enough to make their bad characters obvious so you can avoid them. The Smiling Backstabber pretends to be your friend just long enough to make it really hurt when they steal your ideas or badmouth you to management. Nothing’s worse than betrayal, right? Well, this person is an absolute master at it, so watch out.

How to deal:

First, identify the Smiling Backstabber. Unfortunately, you probably won’t know until it’s too late, but at least then you’ll have clear evidence that they are not to be trusted. As tempting as it might be, never, ever trust this person. Keep your guard up and your wits about you and there’s no way they’ll be able to hurt you.

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