I’m not talking about insulting – I mean “argument” in terms of a solid and honest discussion of contrasting opinions. The researcher said that a mix of different perspectives is the best way to bring new ideas to the table and stimulate business innovation. Unfortunately, disagreements at work are not always easy or comfortable. People can get excited about professional matters, especially if you raise objections, concerns or suggestions about a project they own.
Here are some ways how to handle irritating colleagues:
1. Maintain a positive attitude.
Honestly, the best thing you can do in this situation is to let the boring things your co-worker knock you down. Sometimes, when you only focus on the negative, it can keep you from being productive at work. If your colleague is really in a problem, resolve the situation. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to stay focused on what you need to accomplish and have a positive attitude at work.
2. Find a common interest.
Sometimes if you have a co-worker with whom you constantly get in the way, you’d probably be better off trying to find common ground with them. Try to find at least one thing you have in common, even if you don’t like coffee in the break room. This will help work together to become more tolerable.
3. Try to ignore their flaws.
If your co-worker is lazy or super-arrogant, ignore him. If your boss hasn’t solved the problem yet or just lets it go, it’s not your problem to worry. Even if it drives you crazy, your colleague is never prepared or boasts of nothing all the time, do not feed his fault. This will only make you more annoyed and frustrated with the situation.
4. Kill them with kindness.
When dealing with a bully at work, a negative person or gossip, it is important to stay calm and continue to be nice to them. Even if your coworker does everything possible to shoot you, don’t let them rain on your parade. Stay away from arguments or debates that could have a negative impact on your work. All you have to do is keep smiling and doing your job as usual.
5. Politely dismiss their attention.
Do you have a colleague who constantly harasses you or asks you to go to lunch every day? Politely reject their invitations. Even if you consider yourself an extrovert and you don’t mind, there will be these colleagues who will put you under the skin. Whenever your boring coworker starts to distract you from your work, politely tell them to respect your space and only speak to you if their question is related to work.