If you could pick exactly who you work with, you would. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. It stands to reason that at some point or another, you’ll probably have to work with someone you’re not fond of. Let’s take a look at five tips for working with people you dislike.
1.) Ask yourself if you’re the problem.
It’s a hard thing to do, but it’s an important question to ask: are you really the problem in this situation? Maybe you’re not getting along with a certain coworker because they keep calling you out on missing tasks or where your work is falling short. If you can change your behavior and get along better with this person as a result, it’s a win-win for everyone.
2.) Try to learn more about your coworker.
Give people the benefit of the doubt and remember that something might be behind the behavior that you don’t like. Maybe a coworker who is constantly irritable has trouble sleeping, or they’ve just lost a family member, or they’re going through a divorce. Maybe you got a promotion over that person, and they harbor some resentment. If you can determine the reasons behind a person’s attitude toward you, it can go a long way toward resolving — or at least understanding — the root of the issue.
3.) Be the bigger person.
Remember that you don’t have to be friends with everyone you work with. It’s okay to simply be polite and go about your days. Be the professional one — don’t stoop to the level of others’ petty behavior or rudeness. It’s up to you to be the adult in these kinds of situations.
4.) Avoid gossiping about the individual in question.
As tough as it may be to avoid gossiping about the individual behind their back, it’s wise to do so. Gossip will only drag you down to the person’s level, and spreading rumors and talking behind others’ backs never turns out well. Do your best to keep your feelings to yourself.
5.) Seek help from your boss or HR.
If you can’t resolve the issue by using the above recommendations, it’s time to ask for help. Go to your boss, or set up an appointment to talk with a member of your facility’s HR team. You might be able to switch to a new shift, or move positions slightly so that you don’t have to interact with this person constantly.
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