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Positive Words to Describe a Colleague or Coworker – 120+ Adjectives

Words To Describe Colleagues

There are times that we need to describe our colleagues in just a few words. It might be for a peer review, a job recommendation or to simply heap some praise on them for some recent great work.

We might not like or agree with everything that our colleagues do, but we can certainly find positive words to describe their abilities, their skills and their work ethics.

We can also help to create a better work environment and a positive company culture when we are able to give credit where it’s due and express our gratitude, support and appreciation for colleagues.

How Would You Describe a Good Colleague?

A good colleague is one that is competent at their job, a team-player and motivated to be working for the organization and achieving its goals.

They are punctual, hard-working and show initiative by seeking out solutions to problems. They are respectful of other colleagues and help others when required.

They are tactful, courteous and well dressed for work.

A great colleague can stand on their own two feet with minimal supervision (after being sufficiently trained of course!). A great colleague is one that can create and foster a collaborative and supportive working environment, even when faced with difficult challenges and stressful situations.

We do spend a lot of time with co-workers and we get to know them fairly well – not just how skilled they are at their jobs, but also how they handle stress and change.  

Words like ‘quick’ or ‘fast’ are praised during appraisal sessions, but they don’t tell us much about what our colleagues do differently than everyone else around us – that’s why the above list of adjectives can help expand on your descriptions.

Positive Adjectives To Describe Colleagues

These positive words can help to articulate specific characteristics, behaviors and abilities of your colleagues, instead of using the normal, ‘great’, ‘satisfactory’ or ‘quick-learner’ that are often overused and don’t allow for a clear picture:

 

  • Able
  • Accountable
  • Adaptable
  • Agile
  • Agreeable
  • Alert
  • Ambitious
  • Amiable
  • Amusing
  • Articulate
  • Astute
  • Attentive
  • Autonomous

 

  • Bold
  • Brave
  • Bright
  • Calm
  • Caring
  • Cheery
  • Clever
  • Compassionate
  • Competent
  • Confident
  • Conscientious
  • Considerate
  • Consistent
  • Controlled
  • Creative
  • Curious

 

  • Decent
  • Decisive
  • Dependable
  • Detailed
  • Diligent
  • Diplomatic
  • Discerning
  • Disciplined
  • Driven
  • Dynamic
  • Easy-going
  • Effective
  • Efficient
  • Eloquent
  • Energetic
  • Engaged
  • Enthusiastic
  • Fair
  • Flexible
  • Focused
  • Friendly
  • Funny

 

  • Generous
  • Genuine
  • Giving
  • Graceful
  • Hard Worker
  • Helpful
  • Honest
  • Honorable
  • Humble
  • Imaginative
  • Independent
  • Insightful
  • Intelligent
  • Interested
  • Intuitive

 

  • Kind
  • Knowledgeable
  • Leader
  • Likable
  • Logical
  • Loyal
  • Meticulous
  • Motivated
  • Observant
  • Open-minded
  • Optimistic
  • Organized

 

  • Passionate
  • Patient
  • Perceptive
  • Persistent
  • Polite
  • Positive
  • Proactive
  • Procedural
  • Productive
  • Professional
  • Punctual

 

  • Rational
  • Relaxed
  • Resourceful
  • Sincere
  • Skilled
  • Skillful
  • Smart
  • Steadfast
  • Strategic

 

  • Talented
  • Team-Player
  • Technical
  • Thinker
  • Thorough
  • Thoughtful
  • Trusting
  • Trustworthy
  • Truthful
  • Understanding
  • Upbeat
  • Willing
  • Witty

words to describe a colleague

Words To Describe A Colleague – That Aren’t So Great

Occasionally, we have a coworker that isn’t so great unfortunately.

The following list of adjectives are commonly used to describe a colleague who brings down the energy of a workplace, doesn’t do their share of the work, is unsafe in the workplace or is just generally unreliable:

  • absent
  • aloof
  • bleak
  • careless
  • chatty
  • complainer
  • dirty
  • disengaged
  • greedy
  • judgemental
  • late
  • lazy
  • loud
  • moody
  • narcissistic
  • needy
  • negative
  • pouty
  • silly
  • sly
  • smelly
  • toxic
  • uninterested
  • unmotivated
  • unprepared
  • unreasonable
  • unreliable
  • unsafe
  • wasteful
  • wingey

We hope you don’t experience them too much over your working career!

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