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Types Of Problem Coworkers And How To Deal With Them

October 27, 2017

Come to find out there isn't a lot of harmony at the office as many workers look to therapy to handle stressful co-workers. So therapists from around the country reveal the types of colleagues their clients complain about most and share the actionable advice they give for dealing with each. The Constant Complainer can find the negative in just about anything.  So offer solutions to problems they bring up, and if they still just want to complain, say, "Sorry, I need to get back to work."  The Unqualified Superior somehow got a corner office but isn't qualified for it.  Be respectful of them while looking for effective, appropriate ways to work around them. If you can't do that, just wait them out; they're likely to damage themselves and end up leaving or being moved into another position. The Relentless Gossipier whispers more than works! Give polite, business-like responses and disengage in a low-key way, saying something like, "I'm sorry, but I've got a deadline to meet." The Micromanager is always in your business. Demonstrate your competency to your fullest ability, showing that you're thorough and trustworthy. But don't let them walk all over you.  Show that you are thorough and trustworthy and remind them, verbally if need be, so they can learn to give you the room you need to do your job.” The Blunt Communicator must have a broken keyboard because their emails are in ALL CAPS! Try to deal with them face-to-face or over the phone, since people often forget the niceties of normal conversation in email, texts and online messaging. The Slacker is the most commonly complained about co-worker say therapists. Don't do extra work beyond what you have to for your job in order to compensate for them. Involve someone at the administrative level if you have to who can delegate specific responsibilities. The Idea Poacher is the parasite that gladly crosses of your name and places theirs on your reports! Write an email stating the work you did before they can take credit for it, and if it's someone who asks for your help often, apologize and say you're too busy.

SOURCE: The Huffington Post

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