Dealing with Difficult Colleagues at Work
Being able to deal with difficult colleagues at work is a skill worth perfecting. Here are some tips on how to deal with these people.
It is clear that we will never get along with everyone, even at work where there are difficult colleagues.
Being able to deal with them is a skill worth perfecting.
This is because it is something that will not change throughout your career.
Rather than doing something that will make the situation worse, here are some tips to deal with these people.
Losing your temper and lashing out at them is not the best way to get them to work with you.
A calm person is seen as being in control and more respectable.
By portraying this calm persona, the colleague you are dealing with may be more likely to talk to you, especially if they have done something wrong.
We are all Human
During stressful times, it is important to remember that we all have off days and you do not always know what is going on in someone’s life.
This may impact how they are acting at work.
Patience and time may be all that is needed for an individual to get through their rough patch.
It might be a case of asking them how they are and ensuring that everything is okay.
This will help you understand their situation and allow you to come up with solutions together to address any work issues.
Some colleagues are not self-aware, so you may have to be upfront about discussing the problem you have with them, whether that be turning up late to meetings or missing deadlines.
For some people, turning up a few minutes late to a meeting may not be a big deal, but it may have an impact on everyone else involved.
By having this conversation with them, you are letting them know it is an issue they need to address.
If they carry on doing it, you are within your right to question them about the problem.
Build a Relationship
Work sometimes turns into a mechanical process and small issues with colleagues can be heightened because of the lack of face to face communication.
Bring back the human touch by connecting with colleagues on a personal level.
Go out with them for lunches or drinks after work, get to know a bit about their interest and hobbies.
You will find it is much easier to have difficult work conversations when you know the person on a more personal level, as they know you have their best interest at heart.
If you have tried all possible options to get along with a difficult colleague, then the best way might be to ignore them.
If you are sitting next to them, request to switch desks and try to avoid getting stuck in the kitchen with them.
Try to get on with your daily tasks as normal and only interact where necessary for the sake of work.
Ultimately, the less time you spend with someone who is making your work life unenjoyable the better.
Take these tips on board so that you know what to do when it comes to dealing with difficult colleagues.