Astrologers will tell you; everyone is a unique snowflake of planets, signs, houses, and aspects that make them, them. But that tends to take the fun out of generalizing your colleagues work styles according to their zodiac (read: sun) sign, no?
And while everyone is indeed multi-layered and special in all their human complexity, let’s face it—Aries will try to take over a group project (sorry but it’s true), and Aquarius suns have the most innovative ideas…especially according to them.
Whether you believe in astrology or not, it definitely can’t hurt when it comes to navigating the mine field of fragile egos and pass ag emails that is modern office life. So if you want to make your life easier, and your work relationships more harmonious, read on.
Here’s what you need to know about collaborating with each zodiac sign at work.
Aries workers tend to respect (and want to be like) the boss. So if you need to get something done, involve the boss’s wishes and perspective when communicating with your Ariels work pal. They want to learn and progress, so connecting their tasks with “the big picture” helps.
Framing what you’re working on as an exciting challenge should start their engines a lot quicker than just saying “we have to do this.”
Be straight with your Taurus coworker and they’ll be straight with you. In fact, they expect nothing less, so don’t screw it up! They value stability and loyalty, so demonstrate those qualities when working with them, and they’ll (slowly) trust you.
Also: Don’t underestimate their ability to handle pressure or stress. Show them you believe in them and they won’t let you down.
If your colleague is a Gemini, they want to see speedy action and returns on their (usually fun) ideas. Show them the red tape, and they’ll consider you a party pooper and quickly tune you out.
So if you want their attention, make it fun to work with you and show that you support their vision. Just make sure you take care of the details, cause they probably won’t.
Security is a priority for your Cancer office buddies. That means steady income, no sudden changes, and a clear list of priorities of them to accomplish.
They make seem fragile, but they’ll respond calmly to conflict—considering it an kind of enjoyable form on responsibility. You can help keep their martyr tendencies at bay by demonstrating that you’re in it together.
Recognition is the name of Leo’s work game. They want to feel seen (and publicly praised) for the work they put in. Throw them a genuine complement on their work ethic or achievements, and their inner softie will come out.
Pro tip: Always put your Leo coworker in a public-facing role. They’ll love it, and your customers and clients will be charmed to filth.
Virgos desk buddies are a conundrum in that they sincerely want to help serve the people around them and their company, but they also secretly think they know best.
That means they thrive in organization, process, and detail-oriented roles. Give them the chance to improve things and honestly analyze stuff. They’ll be chuffed, and give you the best advice.
Libras get to shine when it comes to perspective. If you want to get the best out of your Libra work mate, ask them their opinion on partisan office issues. They’ll always be fair.
They’ll also always expect you to be fair, so make sure you’re transparent and never gossipy. Act with integrity and they’ll meet you there. That said, they might need time alone with their many thoughts here and there—give it to them.
Like them or not, you’re dealing with a bullshit detector. Your Scorpio colleague has your number, so it’s way better to keep them on side, than off. How? Well, let them know you value their commitment and self-determination (and mean it).
Don’t be a clock-watcher or a dibber dobber, show empathy, and trust them to solve problems and strategize cleverly, because they will anyway.
If office culture had a love language, Sag’s would be words of affection. They want to know that you know they’re the heart and soul of your team—spirit-boosting and all-seeing.
They may promise you things that they can’t always deliver, but their enthusiasm is unrivaled and in a dreary office environment, that’s worth a whole lot. In short: Don’t get in the way of letting them shine and they’ll do just that.
If you want to work smoothly with your Cappy coworker, just use your common sense, like they do. They work incredibly hard. Not for the glory, but because that’s just what you do.
So show them you’re aligned, and you’ll have their respect. And that goes a long, long way considering they’re the sign most likely to come in early, stay late, and stay in their lane.
Need advice on the big picture? Aquarius will be stoked you came to them. Your most eccentric and generous coworker is easiest to work with when they’re asked to innovate, come up with unique ideas, or adjudicate to a group.
Give them space to do their best work, don’t ever let them feel like you’re “putting them in a box.” They hate that. They also hate dishonesty, so long story short: Don’t be a dick.
You may have no idea how and when Pisces gets the job done, but they always do. Don’t micromanage them, even if it seems like they mostly day dream—they’re thinking! Using their imagination is an important part of work satisfaction for your fishy coworker, so indulge them and they’ll rise to the occasion.
Company culture is important to them, too. They’re easily effected by their surroundings, so keep your stress to yourself, pls.