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Ten Tips for Dealing with Difficult Coworkers

Friday, May 11, 2007Provided by AllBusiness

Is there someone in your workplace — a domineering manager, a difficult coworker, or maybe even a demanding client or customer — who drives you crazy? Are there people at your job who make you feel inadequate, unworthy, or just plain miserable?

Difficult people exist at work as in all facets of life, and they come in every variety. Dealing with these types is easier when the person is just generally obnoxious or when their behavior affects more than one person. But it is much tougher when they personally attack you or undermine your professional standing.

While you probably can’t change such a person, the good news is that by following these 10 tips for dealing with problem people in the workplace, you can avoid being their victim:

1. Identify problem people. Learn to recognize when a coworker is "toxic." Difficult people come in all shapes and sizes: Some talk constantly and never listen. Others must always have the last word. Some coworkers fail to keep commitments. Others criticize anything that they did not create themselves. A toxic coworker can take the form of a cut-you-downer, a two-faced backstabber, a gossip, a meddler, an instigator, or a nasty competitor.

Read the full article: Ten-Tips-for-Dealing-with-Difficult-Coworkers: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance

Categories: Articles, Staff, Tips, Work Issues
  1. November 30, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    This makes great sense!

  2. May 7, 2013 at 8:32 am

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