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The 25 Species of Coworkers

Alice Handley and Kayla Baxter

The Control Freak


What they do:

Control freaks have absolutely no sense of proportion in the workplace. From the official (mandatory!) font of company memos to how the dishwasher should be organized, they’re sure to have an opinion, and they’re sure to demand that you follow it. Their actions are demeaning and annoying because their actions say, “You’re incompetent” and “I can’t trust you” all at once.

How to deal:

Just remember that at least The Control Freak is staying busy with pointless details, allowing you to tackle the really important things. Stay as calm as you can when dealing with The Control Freak: Be very patient, treat them with kindness and speak very slowly. Control Freaks need to be heard, but usually don’t have much to say. If you show that you understand them, they are more likely to move on and micromanage the next guy.

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