Coming back to work after the Holidays can be challenging for all types. While Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs-Myers created the MBTI to help people appreciate each other’s differences and find what’s right with each other instead of what’s wrong, let’s have some fun by using our type preferences to drive our co-workers nuts in 2018.
Having high levels of integrity, ISTJs are often known for their honesty and attention to detail. Did Janice put on some extra pounds over the Holidays? Let her know! It is important to share your honest observations to improve everyone’s bottom line.
Like other feelers, ISFJs are recognized for their warmth. They expect the same in return and may mistake shortcomings from others as direct, personal attacks. Did Janice steal your pencil? If so be sure to bring it up at every meeting, email and company lunch. Never let it go and know your justice will never be served until Janice surrenders.
Matching creativity with decisive action, INFJs often accomplish ideas. Use this to micromanage your co-workers to keep Janice on her toes. Better yet, offer to help do their jobs correctly. It’ll make them think you’re trying to get them fired while putting you in the spotlight, which couldn’t be more sinister.
Having an ingenious and critical mind, INTJs are known for their ability to analyze problems to come up with ingenious solutions. Your key is to overanalyze others until they fear you. Find problems in others even if they don’t exist and suggest a massive plan for improvement. It will be harsh and insincere, but fun to watch Janice squirm.
With practicality and resourcefulness, ISTPs use their quick-wit to get the job done. So why do your work when there are people in the office who can do it for you? Push every task off to someone else so you can free yourself to fun opportunities as they arise. Need a report done by the end of the week? Hand it over to Janice.
ISFPs have a strong sense of art and are happiest when they can shape their environment to align with their personal values. Drive your co-workers crazy by changing your environment each day. Rearrange your office or come in with wildly new hairstyles without explanation. Janice and the others will be dying to know what’s going on inside your head.
Arguably the most idealistic of the 16 types, INFPs are known for their peacemaking abilities. Go ahead and bring peace where it isn’t needed. Going to lunch with your co-workers? Get moved to tears by the impeccable service and seasoning on your salmon sandwich. Make it a point to cry over every sale and accomplishment until everyone becomes overwhelmed by your intense emotion.
Often having a knack for analyzing and making conclusions on the abstract, INTPs may get frustrated when explaining their observations to others. To drive your co-workers nuts, magnetize your frustration with their feeble brain-power and become extremely insensitive to their feelings. Let Janice know she’s stupid and question how she was even hired in the first place.
The easygoing and adaptable ESTP tends to learn through doing, so make a mistake and never learn from it. Keep doing the same mistake every day and make it noticeable. Your co-workers will still appreciate your easygoing nature, yet they’ll question if you’re even from this planet.
Thriving on new experiences, the ESFP may struggle with long-term planning. Whenever a long-term idea is brought up, ask, “What good is that for now?” Then focus only on immediate goals. The planners of the office will be itching for you to clock-out and will hold a passive-aggressive grudge for making them work longer hours.
Filled with imagination and endless possibilities, the ENFP is an idea machine. Yet that doesn’t mean every idea will be accomplished. ENFPs are often easily distracted and will rarely work when bored. This can make co-workers furious with their lack of commitment. Your go-to excuse: “I never said I’d follow through on that, Janice.”
Generally preferring new challenges to routines, ENTPs are great problem-solvers. To annoy your co-workers, turn everything into a challenge. Question the company’s protocol until you can come up with a new, and even whacky, idea. Then make sure you come up with a logical justification, even if you know it is highly illogical. Your co-workers will be convinced by your dedication they’ll have no choice but to believe your idea will work, even when the status-quo has been working just fine.
Known for their dependability, ESTJs thrive by doing things according to plan. Don’t leave room for new unwritten ideas or innovations. Everything must be done by the book, so make sure everyone follows this rule too. Never be flexible if it isn’t in the plan. Your co-workers will be looking for new jobs by the end of the week.
ESFJs typically prefer to put others first, which makes them excellent caretakers. Yet this ability to take care of others often allows the ESFJ to put co-workers’ needs above their own. Communicate how you’ve been worried about Janice and how you haven’t been able to eat because of your concern. Take it a step further and let her know her in-office behaviors have made you feel like you can never clock-out. She’ll be wondering what she could have possibly done wrong.
As creative harmony-seekers, the ENFJ stands out from the crowd with their caring nature and creative ideas. Turn this into attention-seeking behavior and make sure everyone in the office notices you. Janice will be envious and try to steal your thunder. Laugh at her behind closed doors.
ENTJs are often known for their high self-confidence which can lead to many admirers. Use this to make yourself look extra important by re-stating your accomplishments at every moment. Notice Janice’s eyes gloss over with boredom as you describe that promotion from twenty years ago. People will be sure to avoid you at the water cooler.
While these tips will be hilariously funny in small doses, do yourself a favor and try not to get fired for going too extreme. I’m talking to you, ENFP.