We spend 40 hours a week (or 44, depending on how neow your employer is about working hours) with our colleagues. So it’s inevitable that you’ll meet one of those colleagues that just grate on your nerves – 40 hours a week!

We can’t all have the luxury of fun colleagues like the ones in Office (华丽上班族), which is an upcoming Chinese comedy that’s adapted from the hit play Design for Living. So here’s some tips to handle those annoying colleagues. Don’t just complain about them! We’re may be a nation of grumblers, but there’s always ways to handle the people who irritate us the most frequently.

1) The Gossiper

Cheung Wai (Sylvia Chang) feeds Ho Chung-ping (Chow Yun-Fat) some misinformation in Office. Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Cheung Wai (Sylvia Chang) feeds Ho Chung-ping (Chow Yun-Fat) some misinformation in Office. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Faster than e-mail, phone calls and even WhatsApp chat groups, she’s the champion disseminator of information. Doesn’t matter whether the info is correct or inaccurate, anything that enters her ears will leak out of her mouth. She should be in marketing or internal communications, but sadly she’s usually assigned to some other role.

For a lark, feed her some rubbish info (so-and-so is pregnant) and watch the misinformation grow.

2) The Slacker

Usually in some admin-related role, the Slacker has perfected the art of procrastination and inefficiency. He will take half a day to refill an empty stapler, and then another half a day to staple a document. The thing is, he always looks like he’s working. How does he do work so slowly?!

For some passive aggressive fun, show him an empty box of doughnuts and casually comment “oh if you came by earlier you could have had one!”

3) The Whiner

Cheung Wai (Sylvia Chang) might something to grouse about in Office. Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Cheung Wai (Sylvia Chang) might have something to grouse about in Office. Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Singaporeans complain. But she whines like a bad opening theme song of a drama put on repeat. She can complain about how the coffee is too hot and not hot enough in one sentence – and she’ll be drinking tea to boot! Her favourite word is “aiyoh!”

The best way to deal with the Whiner is to ask her for solutions to the problems she’s complaining about – and watch her get stumped.

4) The Braggart

He’s usually an ornery old man who, by dint of his many years in the office, has the best corner seat that’s next to the toilet, pantry and photocopying machine. There’s no situation that he hasn’t rectified, no problem he hasn’t fixed and no issue he hasn’t solved. He’ll also perpetually remind you how his solutions are so much better than yours.

It’s best to stay away from him, but if you really have to, give him a completely fictitious and over the top problem to solve (what do we do about the recent donkey infestation in the air vents?). He’ll be occupied for days.

5) The Taichi Master

Wong Tai-wai (Eason Chan) looks like he's about to tai chi in Office. Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Wong Tai-wai (Eason Chan) looks like he’s about to tai chi in Office. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

She’s an expert at telling someone else to do her work for her. Beware of giving her a constructive suggestion, because before you know it, you’ll be executing it for her. What exacerbates all this is that she usually takes credit for the work you’ve done. Unfortunately, you’ve got to get passive aggressive with her. “Oh, I didn’t know you don’t know how to do this! OK, I’ll help you because you don’t know how. Please learn so you’ll know how to do it next time? You really should know how to do this.”

6) The Suck Up

He’s there with a cup of coffee for the boss, always helping to dabao lunch for his superiors. He’s so helpful – to anyone who’s of a higher rank than him. He’ll implement any suggestion the boss wants, regardless of how silly it is.

There’s only one way to deal with the suck up – be his boss. He’s usually too busy brown-nosing to do real work, and that’s where you can excel.

7) The Incompetent One

Sophie (Tang Wei) with the clueless looking Wong Tai-wai (Eason Chan) in Office. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Sophie (Tang Wei) with the clueless looking Wong Tai-wai (Eason Chan) in Office. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

She’s the IT Director who doesn’t know what’s a URL, and relies on everyone to do her job for her. She’s usually also the Taichi Master, since her incompetence derives from her not doing her own work. Sorry guys, but you’re on your own here!

Avoid her like the plague – there’s no way to deal with this one.

Office poster. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Office poster. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

So which of the above colleagues will you get to see in Office? Well, we can’t give away everything here, so you’ll just have to catch it when it’s out today!

Credits: Golden Village Cinemas