Difficult People

The science behind theft in the workplace

Although most people think of themselves as honest, studies show that people are likely to commit dishonest acts when there is a low risk, a dynamic that can play a role in workplace theft. Here are three factors that contribute to the behavior of low-level cheating.

You can handle difficult co-workers

We all have that one co-worker who stays under our skin, writes Mark Goulston of Bottom Line Personal. Here are some tips for handling the day-to-day stresses of a difficult colleague.

When a teammate disrespects you

When a co-worker consistently makes rude, disparaging or passive-aggressive comments toward you, follow these steps to address the issue.

Dealing with the everything-is-urgent co-worker

Co-workers who send every message with an “Urgent” tag in the subject line or who litter emails with “ASAP” make life unnecessarily stressful. Follow these tips to deal with an everything-is-urgent co-worker.

Tips for quieting chatty co-workers

Chatty co-workers can put a dent in your productivity. Career blogger Alison Green gives five tips on how to address this issue.

When an aging co-worker's performance slips

As people work longer and longer, it happens in every office. When does compassion take a back seat to productivity?

Handling people who talk down to you

In the workplace you’ll inevitably encounter people who don’t think you’re important enough. They may talk down to you, go over your head or disregard you entirely, but you don’t have to just sit back and take it, says career expert Sara McCord. She advises you take these steps.

3 clues someone is a bad hire

Firing a difficult employee is hard. Luckily, there are ways you can spot problem people in the interview process, writes consultant April Starcadder. Here are some important signs to watch out for.

The 3 A's of conflict negotiation

Whenever groups of people work closely together, conflict is sure to arise. However, there are ways to negotiate peacefully and calmly to ensure both sides are heard, writes blogger Tim Schurrer, who suggests adhering to the 3 A’s of conflict negotiation.

Disclosing misconduct in the workplace

If you do witness misconduct, take a moment to think about how and where to raise concern, writes Jan Sullivan-Chalmers for Florida Today. If management is involved in the misconduct, there are other possible venues to place a complaint.