11 types of colleagues found in Singapore offices

PHOTO: 11 types of colleagues found in Singapore offices

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.

11 types of Singapore colleagues

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The colleague who always has a gripe and constantly tells everyone she wants to quit her lousy job.
  • She can talk about how bad her job is at anytime and anywhere.
  • Her co-workers are used to hearing about her thoughts of quitting.
  • However, she only has praises to sing about the job when she sees her boss.
  • One who provides you with information on other colleagues whether or not you need it or want it.
  • This colleague is usually itching to tell others about what she knows.
  • The number of secrets she knows about others is often endless.
  • This colleague has a flair for creative reasoning.
  • He dishes out creative and out-of-this-world excuses in order to get out of work.
  • Such colleagues are more than happy to push the blame on others or make someone else look bad.
  • They tend to stab colleagues in the back, especially when their colleagues are not around.
  • If a superior asks about a certain event, these colleagues are quick to deny any involvment.
  • They will also immediately point fingers at other who are more vulnerable.
  • This colleague is called the taichi master as she pushes all kinds of work delegated to her onto others.
  • When told to complete a task, she tells another colleague to do it instead.
  • Not surprisingly, this colleague is also a taichi master. She tells someone else to do as well.
  • The foreign bimbo could be someone educated overseas or an expat.
  • This colleague is usually not familiar with local customs and can appear rude or eccentric.
  • She may offend others in the office without even knowing it.
  • The newbie in the office tends to always seem over-excited compared to the older workers around her.
  • She can often appear too happy while others are struggling to get through the week in one piece.
  • They pretend to know everything.
  • In the end, they take up more work they they can handle and risk jeopardising projects.
  • Her catchphrase: 'Can you do for me?'
  • This colleague can never do anything on her own. She needs someone to do even the smallest things for her.
  • A seriously overworked employee who is nagged and shouted at constantly.
  • He is worked so hard that he collapses on the floor.

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.One character popular with netizens is the 'workhorse' who is named Ah Ma (horse) in the clip. Dressed as an office employee with the head of a horse, the 'workhorse' is described as the 'severely overworked' colleague.

Shouted at and complained about, this employee is tasked with all sorts of jobs from menial to difficult. He is worked so hard that he collapses on the ground while doing his work.

Many netizens commended the creative word play in Ah Ma's name, while others sympathised and related with his situation.

Indeed, the video is popular because it has many characters that Singaporean workers can relate to.

A description accompanying the video highlights the importance of colleagues in our lives.

It says:

"There is a saying that you choose your friends but not your family. So where do colleagues fit in? We spend more time with our colleagues than we do with our friends or family yet we can't choose who they are.

"The truth is there is no escaping the people you spend 40 hours a week with. Here is our take on the types of colleagues you may be facing everyday."

ljessica@sph.com.sg

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