MNA Life Style Desk: The average full-time employees spend more time at office and deal with co-workers. This can make for an unpleasant situation when we have one or more co-workers that we dislike.
We all have at least one: the coworker, client, or boss you just can’t stand. They make life difficult, and they may even make you question your sense of self-worth. However, it’s in everyone’s best interest to try to reach some common ground and make the work environment at least tolerable.
Be a better person
If you find that a co-worker is always breaking bad on other employees and has a proclivity for office politics and gossip, try to distance yourself from that person. If you happen to share an office with the scandalmonger, try to only talk about work-related topics that are not personal attacks on others in the office.
Grow positive attitude
No one wants to be around someone who’s always negative and in a bad mood, so even if your difficult co-workers try to bring you down think about the positives in your job. If you’re struggling to see the silver lining think about what this job allows you to do outside of work. Perhaps your income provides you with a few discretionary dollars that can be spent on a favorite hobby.
Overlook the person
We’re at work to do a job, so focus on the tasks that must be accomplished and network with other people at your workplace who aren’t quite so difficult to be around.
Don’t try to fix them
It’s important to remember that there are some people you just can’t reach. His or her behavior, whether it’s whining, sniping, taking up too much of your time, or something else, is deeply rooted, and may have been going on for years. This can be a tough realization for some, but trying to “rescue” a perpetually angry colleague is likely to just leave you feeling defeated.
Displaying self-discipline can deescalate a situation because you are aware of your attitude and behavior and can make adjustments accordingly. Don’t respond to the angry coworker with anger, as this will only escalate the situation.