How do I deal with a difficult co-worker?
I think it is safe to say that we have all encountered situations in our
working environments of colleagues whose main aim in life seems to be to push
our buttons and drive us crazy. This can
be quite annoying to say the least. However,
in more serious cases this constant annoyance can lead to stress, unhappiness
at work and can ultimately result in an individual leaving employment because
We all know some of these co-workers, they tell you everything that goes
on in their personal lives, constantly complain, they are serial advisers, chatters
& gossips, they correct your work continually, they argue with
everyone. Then there are the more
serious individuals who are just arrogant and mean. Most co-workers act professionally and are
accepting of our boundaries and do manage to get the hint when they go too far,
but some unfortunately do not and this requires a different more structured approach.
It might be an idea if you can’t avoid the difficult co-worker to
approach the individual directly in a friendly & non-confrontational manner
and explain to them that you find their actions uncomfortable to deal with
constantly. If this does not work or the
situation deteriorates further, then approach the person you report to and
explain your issue, again in a friendly non formal manner. If this still does not work, then ensure you
are recording every occurrence in a diary and formally report the situation to your
direct manager and to the human resource department or to a member of the
senior management team for them to resolve.
You will know yourself if the situation is serious enough to formally
report and don’t be afraid to do so.
Most of us work hard to earn a living and we should not have to put up
with people giving us an undeserved hard time.
So don’t accept it and approach the individual first, 9 times out of 10
this friendly approach will be enough to resolve your woes, if not, then escalate.