How to Avoid Going Crazy Over Difficult Coworkers

Don’t you love it when people you work with make your job more difficult?  We could all use a healthy dose of someone constantly badgering us, or stealing credit for our own hard work, right?

Who am I kidding.  Of course we don’t!  There are times when we can’t help but hate these types of coworkers.  However, expressing these feelings openly probably would not be good for the work atmosphere, or for your relationship with other employees.  What we need is a solution.  Thanks to About.com’s Career Planning, we might just have one that works!  It is all explained in their article, “Five (Difficult ) People You Meet at Work… and How to Get Along With Them”.  Check out these five types of difficult co-employees, and their descriptions.  If you are intrigued, click the “source” link at the bottom of the post to find out how to deal with them. 

1. The Chatterbox

This is the friendly person at work who likes to share all of his or her thoughts with you.  If you share a shift with him or her, you will likely find out all about their week, down to every last detail.  You may wonder how someone could possibly think you would be interested in the fact that they ran out of laundry detergent and had to make a trip to the grocery store, or that they had diarrhea last night and had to use the bathroom three times.  You probably try to work extra hard, so they can see that you don’t want to be distracted from your diligent work.  However, they never seem to catch the signal.

2. The Gossip

The Gossip thinks they are ahead of the game because they seem to know everything about everyone, and it is their favorite pass-time to share what they know about employees with other employees.  You probably often wonder where they get this information, and how much of it is true.  You may even wonder if they say anything about you to the other workers.

3. The Complainer

The Complainer is in an alternate reality where he or she seemingly thinks problems automatically float their way, and nobody else ever runs into any obstacles.  As a result, they feel the need to inform everyone about their issues at work.  Do not try to talk about your problems to show them they are not the only ones.  This may seem like a good solution, but The Complainer is convinced he or she has it worse than everyone else.  In response, you will hear another complaint in attempt to outdo yours.

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4. The Delegator

This is not referring to your boss or manager, who’s job is to make sure everything gets done by properly delegating tasks.  The Delegator is the employee that tries to pass on his or her own responsibilities to other employees because he or she does not feel like doing them.  Of course, they never tell you the real reason why they want you to do it for them.  Instead, the task comes along with a carefully devised excuse about why they do not have time to do it themselves.

5. The Credit Grabber

You know who I am talking about.  The one that stands around doing nothing, until you are nearly finished with your task.  Then, he or she helps you out for the last five minutes, and turns to you and says, “I’ll go let (insert bosses name here) know that we finished this.”  The Credit Grabber often puts up such a strong act that you wonder if they actually think they contributed equally, or if they realized what they were doing.

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Do any of these sound familiar? If so, click the link below to learn about how to deal with these types of employees.

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