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The 25 Species of Coworkers

Alice Handley and Kayla Baxter

The Schmoozer

What they do:

The Schmoozer thinks that everyone at work should be their buddy, even if they don’t know it yet. Born to network, this person doesn’t just like you — they love you. At least for a day or two, or until they figure out that you can’t help them get ahead, and then they’re on to kissing up to someone a little higher up the ladder. Fake friends are the worst, especially at work, when most of us need all the allies we can get.

How to deal:

This might be one case where it’s best to relax a tiny bit. A little chit-chat never hurt anyone, right? You don’t have to be their best buddy, just try to be friendly every once in a while. And if you get The Schmoozer on your side, who knows what great allies you could find yourself with. Just be careful that the Schmoozer isn’t a Gossip in disguise. As always, use caution when discussing personal details with people at work.

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