In my previous jobs, which I’d rather not mention, I had to deal with these types of personalities. At times, I would think to myself, “If I could only talk to them.” or “I wish I could quit!”
There are ways to help yourself of dealing with these types of personas. Here are 4 ways you can help yourself and hopefully the rest of your team:
- Remember the positives. Take a look at the positive aspects of your annoying co-worker. You’d be surprised to see that they can be a kind-hearted person. Always wanting to help out others when they’re in a jam. Try to overlook the negatives and the positives will shine through.
- Control yourself. You’re the only one that can control what you feel and how you react to these feelings. Try to keep calm and remember that you can always have the upper hand by being the bigger person.
- Don’t allow yourself to become them. Remember that you want to be the bigger person and don’t sink to their level. Try to be more mature about things that happen, rather than being like them.
- Practice, practice, practice! Over time, you will get the hang of dealing with difficult people and will become easier and easier each time. Eventually, you will get just a little annoyed and brush it off. Remember that you are there to do your job because you have the skills and qualities that your manager hired you for. Don’t let your work performance suffer.
Try following these 4 simple steps and you will find that your work performance will increase and hopefully, so will your salary!
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