How to Deal with Difficult Coworkers

For most of us, dealing with coworkers day in and day out is a must. And it should be expected that occasional flare-ups happen.

We all like to think we bring our most compassionate, empathetic and flexible selves to work, but disagreements are inevitable.

Here’s 5 tried-and-true tactics we’ve employed at Tyzen Magazine to deal with that coworker.

1. The messy coworker

You’re fighting an uphill battle if you think your going to change some ones habits. So good luck trying. Instead come up with a way to separate your personal space from theirs. This act alone may be the nudge they need to clean up house.

2. The attack coworker

You know the one, the one who always goes personal in an argument…always tossing aside your idea suggestions. Well don’t stop suggesting, and when it happens try to move the conversation to the idea or issue, instead of people. If the problem continues, it may be time to sit down and have a chat.

3. The awkward coworker

So you had a fight, it’s over now, but there is still bad blood between the two of you. Ask your self, can you move past it? If so, do it. Really do it! The act of seeing someone moving on can go a long way. If that doesn’t do the trick—set up a coffee date and ask what can be done to move past this. This may include you apologizing, it’s worth it to get back on the right track.

4. The jealous coworker

If you’ve seen workplace success and others haven’t, it should be expected that some envy may reveal itself. However, jealousy at the workplace should not become a personal vendetta. If someone green with envy starts throwing barbs, try to gently turn the subject to something else or help them find a project or topic where they can excel.

5. The chatty coworker

You don’t want to be rude, but you really need to get work done. Try standing up as soon as you see them coming. This will stop them from sitting down and getting comfortable. Even if you have to make an unnecessary trip to the bathroom it will stop the chit chat. Wearing head phones is also a clear message you’re working and do not want to be disturbed.

Like any situation, work place or not, if you feel in danger or think you can not handle it on your own, ask for help. You shouldn’t have to dread going to work because of a bad coworker.

Try talking to a sympathetic coworker or set up a meeting with your HR manager.


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