You enjoy your job itself, but some of your colleagues aren’t the best — and that’s a generous way to put it. Whether they’re gossipy, bossy, lazy, perpetually cranky, or always stealing credit for your work, these people don’t make many days at the office easy.
As a consummate professional, you want to find a way to make things work. At the very least, you’re committed to not stooping to their level — though it can be difficult. Here’s some advice to make the best of this unfortunate situation.
5 Tips to Help You Deal With Difficult Co-Workers
Get to the Root of the Issue
It’s possible you’re unknowingly contributing to your co-workers’ bad behavior. Take time for some self-reflection to honestly assess whether you’re somehow adding fuel to the fire. If so, improve your own actions and things will likely get a bit better.
Of course, it’s also very possible their behavior has nothing to do with you. In this case, carefully observe them to try to understand the triggers behind their poor conduct. When possible, avoid situations you’ve determined are the most problematic for them.
Take Control of the Situation
When you’ve identified situations where problems typically arise — those you can’t avoid — be prepared in advance. For example, if a co-worker is usually bossy and judgmental in meetings regarding a certain project, go into these sessions knowing what to expect. Being mentally prepared can help you remain calm and collected, because you’re ready for anything thrown your way.
Manage Your Emotions
Difficult co-workers can make you want to scream at the top of your lungs, but you’re better than that. Prove you’re the bigger person by remaining calm when the going gets rough. Excuse yourself from conversations when you feel emotions starting to rise, because taking a break to compose yourself will ensure you don’t say something unprofessional.
Don’t Be Afraid to Go to Your Boss
The last thing you want to do is talk to your manager about petty issues with your colleagues. However, if things have gotten really bad, your boss should know what’s going on. It’s their job to step in and assist with problems the team can’t resolve themselves, so don’t be afraid to speak up. You shouldn’t have to just sit back and accept the fact that your co-workers treat you poorly.
Realize You Have Other Options
If you feel like you’ve tried everything, but have gotten nowhere with your co-workers, consider searching for a new opportunities. Having to leave work you enjoy is unfortunate, but the people you’re surrounded by have a profound impact on your daily life. There’s plenty of jobs out there that offer both rewarding work and amazing colleagues.
Tired of putting up with co-workers who make your job unenjoyable? Wood Staffing wants to help you find a new opportunity in Northern Indiana or Southwestern Michigan where you’ll feel valued. Contact us today to start your search!