Overhead speaker – Not an actual attendee or person, but an object which causes an echo in speakerphones and disrupts the meeting until it becomes silent again.
Tattle-tale – At the first of not getting his or her way, threatens to go tell a more powerful person to whom the tattler is connected.
Foot propper – The meeting is a lounge to this person: Feet are propped up on the table and behaves generally too relaxed to actually be engaged in the meeting.
Multitasker – Furiously typing on the keyboard, but obviously not to take notes on the meeting. Don’t bother asking this person questions unless you want to rehash the entire meeting.
Referee – “Sees the merits of both sides” of an intense debate. Tries to make everybody play nice, regardless of their agendas.
Idea killer – Always has a negative scenario for any proposal. Never has an idea himself.
Yes man – Would say no pants Friday at the office was a good idea, provided the right person proposed it.
Interrupter – Jumps in mid-details and often freaks out about half the story or asks questions whose answers were already on their way.
Belittler – Often pulls rank or “experience” to shut other people off.
Saboteur – Is either annoyed at the assignment or annoyed at not getting the project lead, but plays nice during the meeting, silently plotting the slow death of the project. Can also accomplish goals as an inciter.
Inciter – May jump communication chains to create the illusion of one person hiding information from another.
Grumpy coworker rantings and commentary on the workplace