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The 25 Species of Coworkers

Alice Handley and Kayla Baxter

Clueless


What they do:

What Clueless does best is look completely, totally baffled. The simplest tasks, the easiest procedures — anything can flummox Clueless. It’s a wonder they can even find their way to work in the mornings. While sometimes you might think they must be kidding, it’s all too true: Clueless just has no idea how to do the job. And, unfortunately, you’re going to have to pick up the slack. While it can be entertaining to watch their more spectacular failures, cleaning up after Clueless can get old extraordinarily quickly.

How to deal:

First of all, take a deep breath. Patience is going to be your best weapon in the fight against Clueless. As much as you hate explaining things to them for the thirtieth time, they probably hate it more. A little pity and compassion will go a long way. Secondly, let your supervisor know how much extra work you’re doing while looking after Clueless. Don’t let your extra work and compassion go unnoticed!

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