How to deal with that DIFFICULT colleague at work!

How to deal with that DIFFICULT colleague at work!

No matter how much you may love your job or the work environment that you are in, there’s always that one colleague (or two) that manages to completely ruin your day. Whether it’s because they speak a shade too cattily or are constantly sharpening that knife they want to bury in your back, there’s just something about them that doesn’t sit quite right. However, you’re probably sick and tired of letting this one random person affect the way your day pans out. When simply ignoring someone doesn’t cut it anymore, you need some advanced tricks up your sleeve to deal with these difficult colleagues.

Here are some of them:

1. Run away!

This trick is all about shutting them down before they can launch themselves at you. It pure avoidance at its best. If you see them approaching and definitely don’t want to talk to them, fake a phone call immediately or just rush to the loo. This tip is ideal for the colleague that loves to talk to you, but often fills you up with a ton of negativity. Keeping them at bay is the best way to maintain a positive mood and outlook.

2. Counter each point!


There are some colleagues who treat their jobs like jail sentences. Even though they may be good at their jobs and on the right track for promotions and great raises, they always find something to complain about. Whether it’s the nature of the job, or the commute, these people just won’t let anything escape their vision of doom. The best way to deal with such colleagues is to counter each complaint with reasons that make their complaints invalid. In time, they’ll realise that you want nothing to do with their pity party and though their outlook won’t change, they’ll eventually find someone else to constantly crib to.

3. Catch your flies with honey!

There’s an old saying: you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Your boss may be a total drag. He/she may exist solely to fill their daily quota of yelling at people and humiliating them. Some people thrive on conflict and truly believe that great leadership is measured with their decibel levels. The best way to deal with such colleagues is to be overly sweet. It’s hard to always yell at someone who is kind and nice and eventually, they will learn to tone it down a bit. Everyone’s prone to feeling a bit guilty.

4. Get your safety nets in place

We all know this colleague: The Clueless Idiot. You’re not sure how they landed this job, and why they got promoted in the first place, but they’re here and they’re here to stay. This particular colleague is super adept at passing the work onto someone else, or botching up tasks completely when they have been assigned something. The best thing to do to deal with them is to make sure your end of the work is spotless. You can’t control how much effort they put into their tasks but if they are on your team, you can make sure you carry out your own work impeccably. This way, the you don’t have to bear the brunt of any mistakes.

No matter what kind of colleague you have to deal with, there’s one thing that is in common with all of them: they all make your life more stressful than it needs to be. We all live in a competitive world and stress is very harmful. It can play havoc on your mind and your body, and eventually lead to a host of problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and so on. The best way to deal with these is to make sure you have a contingency plan in place. That plan is health insurance. By investing in the same, you can make sure that you’ll always be equipped to deal with any issue if and when the time arises.

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