How to Deal with Annoying Co-Workers


By Ann Gabriel | Negosentro

Co-workers bring the most and the worst out of you. It’s inevitable not to deal with them. The good ones make you the better person you should be while the annoying ones suck the energy out of you. Generally, they get on your nerves but how you deal with their behavior determines how’s your day gonna be.

Identify the behavior that bothers you

Once you have identified your co-worker’s specific behavior that annoys you, you can easily figure out a plan to avoid or even understand it.

Find your common ground

Discover what you are both interested at so you have something to share and talk about. Whether it’s a TV show, brand of coffee or dislikes, being able to share interests with colleagues is linked to likeness. Finding your commonalities is a good technique in facilitating good communication.

Don’t make the issue big

While it might be tempting to gossip about annoying co-workers to other colleagues, it’s still not a good idea to vent through gossiping. You don’t want to be the “annoying co-worker” in the perspective of others.

Ignore unwanted attention

The more you think about the unwanted attention you are getting, the more it gets under your skin. Don’t get distracted. The more they see that you are getting annoyed, the more that they annoy you. You can politely ask them to speak to you if it is business related only.

Stay positive

Sometimes, difficult people don’t know that they are being difficult to others. Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% is how you react to it. Every so often, there are things that are beyond your control but how you react to certain situations is definitely up to you. It is not what happens to you but how you respond to it. Although you cannot prevent the worst from happening, you can still choose to live a happy life you deserve.