Dealing with difficult people at work
It’s not easy. We have all been in that situation. Consider yourself lucky if it isn’t something you’ve experienced yet, but I’m almost positive you will. There are a couple of things you can do in order to ease the pain.
- Talk to the person/group of people who are making it more difficult to do your job. This may or may not help. It depends on so many factors. Your delivery, how they perceive what you’re saying, and frankly if they care or don’t. It’s a long shot. Especially if the person you’re wanting to talk to is either a manager or a leader at your company.
- Give it your all. Despite the challenge. Because your performance is going to be judged regardless. It will make you a better worker. I say persevere.
- Take note. Physical or mental. If it gets to be so bad that it is getting in the way of a team’s performance, talk to HR.
- It’s just work. Remember that. If you’ve done everything you possibly could. You talked to another supervisor, HR, and the person that’s making your job difficult — it’s time to realize how they see you. When you realize that, then you’ll begin to treat your job like a job. Get your work done. Do it well, and then live your life.
- Analyze yourself. Yep, I know. It may not be you, or it may. I suggest looking at how your interactions with this individual are, and what (if anything) you are contributing to the issue.
The most important thing for you to do is communicate with the right people to try and resolve the situation. If it seems unresolvable, and you still want to work there — get out of your heard a bit. You’re paid to do your job and do it well. Do that. This person and situation may be difficult, but it’s temporary. You both will most likely not work together until you retire. Learning how to work well despite a difficult colleague. I promise you’ll become a better employee because of it. What kind of difficult situation or colleague have you dealt with at work?