At one time of our careers, we all have come across a workmate who gets into the nerves of most employees in the work place. Such a co-worker is always a gossip and the troublemaker at the place of work. Most people have encountered such a person at one point or another in their lives. Here are some methods of dealing with such a work mate.
You need to first understand the cause of the weird behavior from the co-worker. There must be a reason behind their difficult behavior. Sometimes it could be as a result of stress at home or pressure at work. Such causes will definitely impact negatively on an individual such that they are not able to perform well in their work. It will result in an angry and aggressive workmate who takes out the frustration on the other workers. If you understand where they are coming from, you are in a good position to handle them appropriately.
Evaluate how to relate and respond to such a workmate. Sometimes when we are upset, we tend to pour out anger at a person rather than a situation and this could cause problems. Thus, take a step back and consider if your behavior towards your co-worker might have influenced how you relate with him or her.
Make sure you allow the rules of courtesy guide on how you relate with your workmates. You need to treat him or her in the same manner you would like them to treat you. That way, even a third party is able to realize that you were not the cause of the anger from the difficult workmate. It is also important at some point to mind about your own business to avoid causing problems.
When dealing with a difficult co-worker, it is possible that they might try to frame you so that you look bad. Therefore, to avoid that, you should document everything. This gives you proof of your behavior and dealings such that you win your case.
Ensure that you keep all records relating to correspondences like emails between the two of you. In the event that the troublesome co-worker brings up an issue and references an email, you can show your side of the case by providing the correct copy of the email.
The other way of doing this is by talking with your human resource manager. Sometimes matters may get out of hand and you need the manager to deal with them.
“USA Today”; Don’t Let Annoying Co-Workers Drive You Bananas; Mary Clare Jalonick; November 2002
“Fortune”; How to Beat a Backstabber at Work; Anne Fisher; July 2007
“Kiplinger’s Personal Finance”; It Takes Two to Invest Well; Janet Bodnar; April 2007