Difficult People

Ask 4 questions before tattling at work

If you’re unhappy with a co-worker’s behavior and aren’t sure whether reporting the person would be telling or tattling, ask yourself these four questions.

Co-worker quandaries and boss binds

Dealing with difficult interpersonal interactions is something you’ll have to face from time to time. Recruiting and public relations blogger Lindsay Olson offers solutions to four common workplace challenges.

Overcoming workplace negativity

Calling out co-workers through gossip or banter is “sludge,” and it’s one of the most significant bar­riers to having a positive and fulfilling workplace, write Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, authors of Why Work Sucks. Take their tips for eliminating sludge and create a happier place to work.

How to turn a foe into a friend

Next time you find yourself in a standoff, exert influence and come to an amicable solution with these five tips from Bob Burg, author of Ad­­ver­­saries Into Allies.

3 tips for picking the right battles

Plenty of problems get on your nerves at work, but trying to fight every one of them will leave you exhausted and your colleagues thinking you’re a pain. Harvard Business Review’s Amy Gallo suggests these tips for choosing your workplace battles wisely.

Solving the office perfume problem

Have you ever had a co-worker you could tell was in the office before you even saw her? You know, the one who wears way too much perfume? How do you let your co-worker know it’s too much without hurting her feelings?

4 ways to bring out the best in people

You can be a person who brings out the best in anyone's behavior. Here are four ways to do it.

Business etiquette: Respect boundaries in the workplace

Forget elbows on the lunch table and yoga pants in the cubicle. A study has found that technology may be a leading cause of rudeness in the office.

Strategies to manage complainers

Handling a complaint is a high-stakes situation, whether it's from someone you support in the office or a customer. Please a person who is upset, and you develop an ally; botch it, and you never recover in that person's eyes.

Admins' most irritating co-workers

Everyone has an abrasive colleague that he or she just doesn’t know how to deal with. Here’s one example from the Admin Pro Forum.