Difficult People

A survival strategy for tough talks

November 7, 2014 Categorized in: Difficult People

One of the hardest parts of work life is having conversations you know will leave the other person disappointed. What makes these conversations so hard is the “cringe moment,” says leadership expert Peter Bregman.

How to handle overly chatty co-workers

October 16, 2014 Categorized in: Difficult People

Occasional chitchat is a good way to improve interpersonal relationships, but when it’s overdone, it can be an annoying barrier to finishing the job, as two readers pointed out recently on the Admin Pro Forum.
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.
Toxic personalities are an unfortunate part of many workplaces, but you can learn how to handle saboteurs and still shine professionally, says development expert Kim Zoller.
If you have a work personality that clashes with others, you won’t get very far, says Shane Atchison, CEO at creative agency Possible.
Chronic complainers can kill mo­­rale, hurt productivity and drive you nuts. Author Linda Swindling identifies five types of complaining bosses and explains how to handle them.

You can handle an office bully

May 26, 2014 Categorized in: Difficult People

A bullying situation can quickly escalate and become intolerable. Before that happens, keep these “anti-bullying” tips in mind.

Co-worker quandaries and boss binds

March 24, 2014 Categorized in: Difficult People

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

March 12, 2014 Categorized in: Difficult People

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

February 14, 2014 Categorized in: Difficult PeopleNegotiating

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