3 types of difficult coworkers and how to deal with them.
Let’s start with the basics of conflict resolution:
Conflict resolution is a way for two or more parties to find a peaceful solution to a disagreement among them. The disagreement may be personal, financial, political, or emotional.
You’ve probably encountered a few of those situations in your career in which a conflict arises and you don’t know which path to take. How do you react? It largely depends on the type of coworker you’re dealing with…
Here are the 3 of the most common:
The power hungry
This person will intimidate you into submission, they’re not afraid to taunt you with their curriculum, degrees, status, etc.
If you’ve encountered someone like this, think about their actual position, are they your boss or a coworker? If they’re a coworker, reach out to your boss, if they’re your boss, then consider your options.
These people don’t know or respect personal boundaries, and you shouldn’t put up with the abuse, stand up for yourself, and if that doesn’t work, then start a job hunt.
They will always try to put their work on you, doing the bare minimum to survive and relying on “friends” like you to get their job done.
I would honestly take the realistic road here… tell them you’re too busy with your own work, reach out to your boss.
If that doesn’t work just rest assured that this type of people doesn’t last long anyway.
This is the most dangerous type out there, so be careful. Make sure to NOT share any personal information, as they’ll use it against you. Keep the conversation to a minimum, back up every email, in case you need to go to HR.
Whenever possible, steer the conversation to the issue at hand, taking emotion out of the equation.
Remember, there’s not going to be a perfect resolution to every conflict, in some instances it’s better to walk away and in some others you might need to ask for help, follow your gut.
Do you have any insights to share? Let me know in the comments.