When You Can’t Change Anything
There will be times, no matter how much you put your foot down, stand your ground or use EQ words and phrases, when the offender just won’t get the message. Here, and I mean this, you need to determine how much the person you dislike is affecting your career. If it’s making you crazy, stressed out and nonproductive you need to think of transferring to a different team or eventually caving in and using your optimistic skills—maybe someday the person will change.
There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to getting along with team members you despise. You should use upper management and workplace policy resources for the challenging people, but keep in mind that may not always work.
Finally, at times you may need to take a step back and determine if you are the one being a little over-judgmental or if you’re actually aiding them in their path to annoy you by completing work they’re supposed to do. Sometimes the fix needs to come from you, and that may require an attitude adjustment on your part.
How do you deal with coworkers you really don’t like? Do you just put up with them or have you done something about it? Drop me a comment below because your experiences will help others find real solutions to similar problems. If enough people can offer up some suggestions, perhaps you’ll be able to share this web page link with the offensive coworker—maybe then she will change!