Difficult People

“My co-worker makes me crazy. At least half the time, when I walk past her desk, she’s surfing the Web, and it doesn’t look work-related … I’m on the verge of talking to my manager about her. Should I?”
You know the saying: One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. If you’re a manager, you may occasionally encounter a bad apple. So what does a leader do to stop “problem” employees from spreading their negative influence?
Any admin worth his or her salt knows that trust is a cornerstone of the job. Without trust, it’s tough to forge a true partnership with your boss. But what happens when the trust between co-workers is broken? …
It’s almost performance review time, and you want to bring up issues with your boss about co-workers but not sound like a griper? Liz Ryan, a workplace expert, gives her advice on how to speak up during a review:
Imagine sitting in a staff meeting, and every time you offer a suggestion someone looks at you and shakes her head. Or a co-worker consistently “forgets” to invite you to meetings. It may seem trivial, but belittling behavior—or bullying—can take a toll, especially when it occurs over and over again.
Work with a shameless self-promoter? You know, the one who shows off relentlessly and even takes credit for things you’ve done? Here’s how to handle the situation.

Mark your territory

June 1, 2007 Categorized in: Difficult People

Work with space invaders?

Handling a workplace bully

June 1, 2007 Categorized in: Difficult People

Studies show that one in four employees suffers from bullying at work. Judy Fisher-Blando of the University of Phoenix offers these rules on handling the situation.
It happens at meetings more often than it should: Co-workers bad-mouth one another’s work in front of the group. Nothing is quite as frustrating as being “cut off at the knees.”
Prepare yourself for difficult interactions by singing your very own theme song in your mind.
Your co-worker, Marie, sends you a venomous e-mail, detailing how she feels you mishandled something … and she copies your boss. Now what should you do?
Keep emotionally toxic people from ruining your mood, at home and at the office. Here are actions you can take to keep the unpleasant moods of others from dragging you down.
Like the Hatfields and the McCoys, you and another worker become engaged in a feud. Only it’s not out in the open; it’s simmering under the surface. You’re in the middle of a “covert conflict.” To resolve it, first turn it into an overt conflict. Take these three steps.