Ways To Deal With Difficult Colleagues & Survive The Workplace In Peace

Ain’t nobody got time for negativity especially at the workplace! All we want is to be at the top of our game and to be productive while busting our asses off. But sometimes, it’s just super hard to do so because of the negative vibes that our colleagues put out at the office.

Dealing with difficult co-workers can be stressful, especially if it affects us in a way that makes us dread going to work. However, it is important for us to know that no matter how challenging it is to face these personalities, we are still required to complete our daily tasks.

So here are ways for you to deal with troublesome co-workers, in case they get in your way to have a fruitful day at work:

The Grumpy Colleague

They’re cranky and hardly cracks a smile, let alone getting them to say hi to you, which makes it even more awkward to communicate. What you can do to make your relationship better is to find a common ground. Try to find a point of interest that they can relate to you, like a favourite TV show!

Who knows that perhaps, your grumpy colleague isn’t actually an angry person. Talk to your colleague and find out if something is bothering them. Maybe all they need to melt their icy hearts is a shoulder to listen to, or in most cases, they could just be on their period.

The Smarty-pants Colleague

Every office will have a person who knows-it-all. The difficult part of handling these smart colleagues is that they always have the right information, but it doesn’t mean that the ideas they presented would be a good one.

Enduring this in the long run could be bad because it not only shuts you out of your creativity but it also lowers your self-esteem. To tackle this type of colleague, you have to be convincing and the only way to that is to have evidence. Do some research, use data and provide references to convince your colleague that your idea is great too.

The Colleague Who Love Gossips

Great. You’re called to your boss’s office because of some rumours that have spread to the whole office. Sure, you enjoy good gossips but not when you’re the gossip.

The best thing to do when dealing with this type of colleagues is to always be on your best behavior and keep your personal information to yourself. Don’t disclose any personal or sensitive information that you don’t want anyone else to find out, because you know that it will get leaked at some point of time.

The Slothful Colleague

Seems like you’re back to school all over again. You want to be nice but when you try not to cover for your colleague’s slack, they may tend to take advantage of you the next time as they are unaware of your dissatisfaction. Seriously, there’s nothing worse than having to deal with co-workers who are just plain lazy, yet get all the credits. It slows down your work productivity which could get you into trouble with the bosses.

Save yourself from this kind of behaviours by being honest. Tell them that you need them to get a certain work done within the amount of time given. However, if nothing happens even after you’ve had a chat regarding this issue with them — inform your supervisor.

So which type of colleague are you facing at work? Comment down below!

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