There’s always that one workmate that tries your patience. You can never deny the fact that interaction with him is a constant struggle. Unfortunately, this article is not about how to change him but it provides a guide on your everyday encounters without compromising your work. Read on to know what type of colleague you have and how to work with them efficiently.
This coworker whines when given new or extra tasks. He affects the entire team with his negativity resulting to a crash in your gusto. Suggest things that he can do or maybe even help him analyze why that specific task has to be done at a certain period. Switch the subject or leave immediately for you don’t like to be in the presence of someone with such an outlook.
The “Bermuda Triangle”
You are sucked by the gravitational pull of never-ending chatter when all you need was just an update of a recent project. Sometimes, she’d approach your desk talking about her personal life. You search for another colleague who can set you free.
Avoid getting stuck in long conversations by telling her that your time is limited and you have work to do but would be like to talk about later. Don’t block your communication, use the instant messaging system and e-mail where you can escape with grace.
The “Evil Genius”
You want work done without being bothered by others and there are colleagues who never like to be disturbed at all. They’re great with their craft but dislike interpersonal communication. They’re unapproachable and their replies are clear and short. Try to mirror the attitude it will be appreciated without sacrificing the quality of the work that you need to do together. Don’t take things at a personal level.
Deadline is very important, approaching and everyone’s trying hard to finish the job, except one person who fled from responsibilities while others work hard. He could be relying on past accomplishments or showing the higher-ups that he’s busy. It’s risky to feel obliged to end his show. Try to talk to him about it and if it doesn’t work, tell the manager but give concrete examples and details, not sweeping statements.
Keep yourself cool
Remember that no matter how hard you try to be nice, it might not get better as expected. It is better to seek help from the HR or your manager for nice results.