Tips and Tricks When Working with Challenging Colleagues

Image courtesy of Jeff Turner's photostream

Image courtesy of Jeff Turner’s photostream

Do you have a coworker who is disorganized? A coworker who constantly has a negative attitude? Every workplace has them; challenging colleagues. Whether these people just get on your nerves or they are having an effect on your productivity, learning how to deal with challenging people takes skill.The average full-time employee spends more time at work than at home with family and friends so trying to make the most of it will help make your day a lot easier.

Dealing with difficult situations at work can be challenging. Here are some tips and tricks that can help you deal with challenging colleagues.

Be the better person – Do you have a gossip or drama queen in your office? Try to distance yourself from that individual. If you can’t ignore them, try to only talk about work related topics with them. If you share an office or sit next to them, ask your boss if you can relocate to help maintain your focus.

Keep your distance (if needed) – There is no rule that says we have to be best friends for life with colleagues. You are at work to do a job, so focus on your tasks at hand. Do your best to keep it cordial and professional to avoid the extracurriculars.

Take action – Sometimes people oblivious to how they are being viewed. In private and in a non-confrontational way, pull that individual aside and talk to them about ways to improve how they’re being perceived. Say what is concerning you but do your best to keep it professional.

Make the most of it – There are countless types of personalities. You won’t get along with all of them and that is ok. Just make the most of it and treat everyone with the same respect you’d like to be treated with.

No matter where you work you will have challenges with coworkers; no workplace is without them. Whether they are pushy, needy, unmotivated or, bossy, follow these tips and focus on your work, and you will learn to deal with those challenging colleagues.

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