Handling Difficult People in the Workplace

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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?

It’s simple.

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!

3 Simple Keys to a Productive Workday


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By: Dalila Thomas

Start early.  No, seriously. Of course, you’re not a morning person, but have you ever regretted getting to work early, or having extra time for a morning workout, and actually having a proper meal.  I mean really, when is this last time you sat down for breakfast before your started your day?  Not only that, you’re not bothered during this time.  Your phone isn’t ringing. Your friends aren’t IM-ing you, and you mother isn’t texting you (or calling you to ask how to text).  It’s the perfect time to get things done.

Write it down. Whether you have ten things to do, or three; write it down.  Having a list of duties not only allows you to have a visible understanding of what and how much you need to accomplish, but it prevents that token phrase: “I forgot to do that!”

Take a mental break.  This means stop any and all things work related for at least five minutes to let your brain breathe.  The best option is to physically move away from your desk and stretch or even step outside.  Remember that place of mental relaxation?  It doesn’t only exist after 5pm.

What steps do you take so that you can have a productive workday?

3 Dating Principles to Apply to Your Job Search

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By: Dalila Thomas

The phrase never mix business with pleasure has never been more wrong in my opinion; at least when it comes to getting your dream job. I believe the same principles that are used for dating, are those that can be applied when seeking new employment.

Don’t believe me?  Check out these three steps.

Seek. Much like a lion or lioness of love, you much first seek what you want. What position is it that you are trying to obtain?  More importantly, how do you go about getting noticed. Do you do the bare minimum, and simply fill out an application?  Or do you dig deeper and reach out to someone already in the company via email or Linkedin to let them know your interest isn’t a game.

Make the first move.  So you got an interview. It went great. Now what? Wait for them to call you back? How about not. Take initiative and make the first move. Regardless of whether or not your interviewer told you they’d contact you, send a follow-up email the next day. Let them know it was a pleasure and you look forward to hearing from them.  Depending on how quickly they are looking to fill the position may depend on how soon they respond. In the meantime, send a request via Linkedin in so they keep you in mind. Been a week or two and still no word? Send another email to ask if you’re still being considered as a candidate for the position.

Know your worth. This one thing that is so important in love and relationships, also holds precedent for your career. The worst thing you can do is get a job offer and take a sub-par salary. Granted, you have to consider several things like the level of the position you’re applying for and the how long you’ve been in your field. Above all, negotiate. Never take a first offer. Negotiating is one thing that a lot of people, especially women, don’t do enough of. At the end of the day, respect is key in any relationship.

What additional dating principles do you apply when searching for your next opportunity?