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By: Dalila Thomas
When it comes to work, no matter what you do, there’s one common factor that everyone has – dealing with other people. It may not be one of the easiest things to, but it’s necessary to get the job done. So how do you get through the day – day after day – without having a dilemma with a colleague?
Know what environment you’re walking in to, mentally prepare yourself, and deal with it head on. Here are the three types of co-workers you’ll most likely encounter.
The lost one. You know this person. The one that can’t quite grasp the concept of their day to day duties, for whatever reason, and come to you for help. Every day. While helping someone is kind, it can be time consuming. And unless you’re training someone, or you position requires guidance, you can fall behind on your own duties. So create a rule: only help the person once for a specific subject. Also, suggest they write down the solution you gave them. If they ask about the same thing on another occasion, direct them to their notes. And if those are long gone, direct them to their supervisor.
The one who tells all, and then some. This is the person whose water cooler conversation runneth over. Whether it’s about relationship problems or someone venting about their car troubles, there’s a time and a place. Work isn’t it. Kindly interrupt that colleague and let them know you have work to do. Suggest to pick up the conversation during your lunch hour, or after work.
The one who’s in competition with you. They say competition brings out the best of you, but not in this colleague’s eyes. They’re out for your demise, in order to get on top. Luckily, these types of people self-destruct after time. My only suggestion is to avoid giving them any ammo. Be sure to do your duties to your full potential. Be prompt, be honest. Never feed into the drama. At the end of the day numbers/results don’t lie — let your work speak for you.
How do you handle difficult people in the workplace? Please comment and share your tips!