difficult coworkerNo matter where you work, there’s a good chance you’ll meet someone you can’t stand working with. It’s unfortunate, but true. The truth is we’re not always going to like all the people we work with. However, it doesn’t mean we can’t do anything to deal with the negative environment.

The difficult coworker

Take some time to follow these tips for dealing with a difficult coworker.

Once you begin initiating them you’ll find it does get a bit easier to work with that difficult coworker.

1. Remember: You’re NOT the Boss
If you don’t have authority over the other person, you’re going to look very unprofessional if you start telling them how to do their job.

* Lead by example and focus on doing your own work successfully.

2. Avoid Communication through Email or Text
When dealing with someone who’s difficult, try making it a priority to handle things on the phone or face to face. If you’re concerned about coming across well, remember emails can come across as sounding very blunt.

* If you must communicate via email, try reading your emails out loud before sending. Without tone or facial expression to help you out, you may come off as being angry or upset, even when you don’t intend to. 

3. Avoid Gossip
When someone at work is difficult, it seems natural to gossip about him or her, but don’t do it. If you must vent your frustrations or get another opinion, wait until you get home.

* Avoid office drama by not participating in gossip. Be friendly and make sure you always take the moral high road.

4. Let Go of Your Anger
When you’re dealing with a difficult person, it’s easy to get angry.
* Remember anger is an energy drain. The more time you spend being angry, the less time you have to spend on important things. 

* Take time to release your anger and turn it towards more productive things. Don’t let your annoying coworker eat up any more of your time than they already have.

5. Keep a List
If your coworker’s problems start to affect your work performance, start keeping a list of all the problems that arise. It can help you establish a paper trail should it be necessary later.

* Keep a list, date it, and if necessary, show it to your boss in a formal complaint. Doing this will give you evidence in the event that your coworker disputes your complaint.

We all have coworkers whom we’d rather not work with.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any control over who works with us. Instead of wasting your time and energy stressing over those annoying people in your life, just get the job done while keeping problems to a minimum.

Focusing on your own job, along with carrying out the actions mentioned above, will save you your sanity in the long run!

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