Difficult People

The chances are very good that you’re missing the whole picture of the colleagues who are causing you to gnaw on your stapler. Ask yourself these questions before you launch your next hissy fit.

Keeping workplace conflict healthy

August 5, 2016 Categorized in: Difficult People

Conflict can be good for the workplace when it ignites creative solutions and strengthens relationships.
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

December 31, 2015 Categorized in: Difficult People

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

November 30, 2015 Categorized in: Difficult People

When a co-worker consistently makes rude, disparaging or passive-aggressive comments toward you, follow these steps to address the issue.
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.
As people work longer and longer, it happens in every office. When does compassion take a back seat to productivity?

The 3 A’s of conflict negotiation

August 31, 2015 Categorized in: Difficult People

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.
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.
Bad communication in the workplace can prevent you, your co-workers and your boss from producing the best work possible, writes Dr. Suzanne Gelb for Daily Muse. Here are her three tips to help you figure out exactly what the message is.
The worst thing you can do with a passive-aggressive person is join in their ineffective communication practices. Instead, Preston Ni, author of How to Communicate Effectively and Handle Difficult People, suggests taking these tips.
Americans tell an average of two lies each day, but different people lie at different rates. Twenty percent of the people tell 80% of the lies. Either way, there’s a good chance someone will lie to you as you go about your day, so it’s wise to know how to spot and handle liars.
It can be hard to reconcile with a co-worker when you don’t see eye to eye, but it may be necessary for the good of the organization. Execu­­tive coach Mary Jo Asmus of Aspire Col­­la­­b­­ora­­tive Services offers a few simple steps to make it easier.