Sometimes you wonder – am I going to make it through this day without going completely off on this individual? You may even be typing up your resignation letter in your head. Well, stop right there!
Recognizing how to handle toxic co-workers is important because if you don’t, then those types of people will stress you out, turn others against you, and even have you fired from the job. Here are a few ways to deal with those at your place of employment.
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1. Keep Your Cool: It is a human instinct to defend yourself when someone is treating you in an unfair manner. Don’t ‘fly off the handle’ before taking an assessment of the situation at hand. People have gotten themselves in trouble by mouthing off without asking questions to find a solution.
2. Take Immediate Action: If someone feels that they can push your buttons, then they will continue to do so until they have achieved their goal. Silence only makes the situation worse. Don’t be afraid to take a stand and speak up for yourself. Let your superiors know what’s going on and how this affects the work environment. If you follow the company procedures, then you will be covered in the long run.
3. Keep Records: People forget this important step without realizing how useful it can be in dire situations. Document these altercations and protect yourself from another person’s dishonesty.
4. Keep Business Confidential: Some people thrive off of gossip and confrontations. It is very unprofessional to engage in a public argument so please keep your business personal.
5. Remember Your Goals: Irritating co-workers can make you lose focus of your professional objectives. Demonstrate that you have the intelligence, skills, and talent to not only be a leader, but also a team player.
6. Don’t Fight Fire with Fire: It is not up to us to give someone else their ‘karma.’ Though it may be difficult to resist, don’t sink to their low level. Chances are, that person is baiting you so that they can use your actions against you.
7. Be Kind: I know, I know – that’s a tough one right? Wrong. Sometimes an unexpected smile, positive comment, or act of kindness throws a person off their guard. Spread warm and welcoming vibes because negative energy + negative energy do not equal positive energy! Don’t allow another person’s sour disposition to ruin your day.
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Toxic co-workers come in all types of characters. There’s the person who wants your position and tries scheming to make you look bad. Some co-workers are quite frankly too incompetent to do the job, and in turn slows down the productivity on the job. There are workers who have terribly nasty dispositions and whose energy pulls everyone else into a slump.
You may think, “Once I leave this job, I will not have to deal with this type of co-worker again.” Simply put – that’s not true. Every workplace has its sneaky, pushy, whiny, rude co-workers. It is up to you to recognize the patterns and manage them to preserve your own sanity (and others around you).