If every rose has its thorns, then every office is bound to have its peculiar characters.
For most Singapore office workers, these come in the form of the 'taichi master'; the 'vacationer'; the 'serial stabbers'; the 'smart alecks'; the 'angkat bola'; the 'workhorse' and many more.
A video created by Night Owl Cinematics for recruitment website Recruit Plus has become a hit with netizens for its hilarious portrayal of the 11 types of colleagues most commonly found in Singapore offices.
The short 3-minute clip features an office with 5 actors playing out 11 characters typically seen in local workplaces. It has garnered close to 60,000 views since it was uploaded on YouTube last Thursday.
The video shows each character in various situations. In one scene, the 'vacationer' colleague dishes out creative and out-of-this-world excuses in order to get out of work.
These excuses include:
- "My head is very giddy."
- "My grandmother is giving birth."
- "My wife (is) going crazy."
- "My colleague next door is very annoying."
- "My goldfish died yesterday."
Another typical colleague many office workers are familiar with is the 'angkat bola' (Malay for carry balls) colleague. This colleague is known to curry favour the boss by singing praises and doing personal favours out of his/her jobscope for the boss.