Procurement · 21 March 2018

Are these the worst employee personalities to have in your workplace?

A creative approach to recruitment can help tease out unwanted personality traits
At a small business, clashes in personality are likely to arise quickly with the potential to deal fatal blows to office morale. So what kind of traits should you try and avoid?

Experts at furniture supplier Kit Out My Office have brought together the five worst employee personalities bosses might encounter at their company, while a handful of small business and recruiters offer their tips for identifying poor traits before it is too late.

Topping the table was the office bro? performative lads who enjoy taking banter to new extremes. Such characters might look the part on their CV, but once inside a company could spend too much time trying to impress colleagues without focusing on their real responsibilities.

Bros are also likely to influence like-minded peers, and may cause further disruption trying to out-perform one another.

Meanwhile, hot-headed workers and those with a selfish streak were among other personalities preventing teams at small companies realising their potential. Dishonesty was another trait employers didnt want to see, while bullying of colleagues left a nasty taste.

To help employers weed out candidates susceptible to this kind of behaviour, Ed Challinor, first officer at dental surgery Smileworks Liverpool, explained a useful interview technique.

we try to get people to mirror our behaviour by being slightly inappropriate or swearing to see if they take the bait. If they do, it’s a no unfortunately, he said.

we don’t want chameleons who copy, we want people who have their own values and will stick to them.

The five worst employee personality traits

  1. Bro
  2. Hot-Headed
  3. Self-Centred
  4. Dishonest
  5. Bully
On the flip-side, there were a handful of traits considered most desirable in a staff member. Typically, employers benefitted from trustworthy, positive workers who demonstrated loyalty to the company.

Five worst employee personality traits

  1. Trustworthy
  2. Optimistic
  3. Calm
  4. Supportive
  5. Loyal



Praseeda Nair is an impassioned advocate for women in leadership, and likes to profile business owners, advisors and experts in the field of entrepreneurship and management.