Strategies For Dealing With Co-Workers You Don’t Like

conflict 2We all have those colleagues we don’t like, who just irritate us. I mean must we like everyone we work with?

Sure work would be a whole lot easier if we liked everyone or would it? Well it wouldn’t because in life and work specifically, we need people who will not be afraid to oppose or correct us when we go the wrong way or do things that negatively impact the effectiveness of the team. We need people with views different from ours who won’t be afraid to speak up or argue for what they believe in. You may dislike them and see them as annoying, but they can help you grow and develop in your career if you are willing to learn from them.

You are probably close to the nice coworkers who don’t bring bad news and flatter us, but it’s often those who provoke or challenge you that prompt new insights and propel you to success. A lot of us are in very powerful positions that we have failed to fully utilize because we don’t like something about our workplace or coworkers. I doubt that Daniel in the Bible enjoyed being in Babylon or in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar with the idolatry and debauchery going on, yet he dealt with it and prospered achieving the highest position in the land.

Yeah you may not like how loud he talks or the way she dresses but if you balance it you may unconsciously see the real benefit he/she can bring to you. So what can you do? Try the following;

  • Accept the fact that even though you don’t like the person, you need them in your life to develop and grow. It may be your boss or co-worker.

  • Learn how to handle your frustration and dislike. Find out why it affects you. What does it do to you or who/what does it remind you of? Sometimes we dislike an attitude in others we see in ourselves.
  • Be honest with yourself and pinpoint the behavior or situations you dislike. Then determine beforehand to alter or soften your reaction whenever the behavior comes up. It’s easier to change than ask someone else to change. Cultivate a diplomatic face.
  • No one is hundred percent annoying. Try to seek out their positive attributes. Focus on what they are good at and how they can help you.
  • In the workplace, keep your bias to yourself. Try to be fair when talking about or to people
  • Try and spend more time with the person. I have found out that the more time i spend with someone, the more i understand and can tolerate them. Infact you may end up liking them or enjoying their company.

Do you have any suggestions to add? Please let me know in the comments. Thanks

Emem Ita

Emem Ita

Hello, my name is Emem. I'm a marketing & social media strategist with a flair for reading, research, pretty shoes and luscious cake.

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Emem Ita
About Emem Ita

Hello, my name is Emem. I'm a marketing & social media strategist with a flair for reading, research, pretty shoes and luscious cake.

Learn how to turn your knowledge & expertise into income by building online influence. Interested? Simply send an SMS now with your name & email to 08061683126

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