I've certainly had my share of co-workers that made me wish I were invisible. And I'm definitely not alone — an online survey by a company that teaches communications skills to employees found that 93 percent of the 967 respondents claim they work with “nasty, unreliable, or eccentric employees.” Just one in four of the 93 percent actually confronted the co-workers that drove them crazy. While I'm not sure what the survey was implying with "eccentric" as a descriptive, nasty and unreliable are definitely identifiable characteristics in people you dread working with every day.
I could name many other undesirable traits, but let's focus on the best way to deal with these people. According to Marsha Petrie Sue, the author of Toxic People: Decontaminate Difficult People at Work Without Using Weapons or Duct Tape, don't resort to quitting or sabotaging and instead “call out the behavior in a public way, don’t just take it.” Easier said than done, but it's something to keep in mind next time your co-worker pushes you to the edge.
I personally think a condescending co-worker is the worst possible kind. What are the traits that drive you nuts and how do you handle these people?