At one time or another, we’ve all had a coworker that got underneath our skin. The unfortunate part about these situations is that it always affects your work – whether you are working on a project with the offender – or if they’re just an interruption during your day.
But when we’re talking about the 3 P’s, we’re not talking about Punch, Punch and Punch! No, it’s something else. In some instances, there is potential for resolution. However, you may come across people in the workplace that you just plain can’t stand. There is no straightforward answer on how to deal with a coworker that you despise, but here are some P’s you can try practicing.
Only a few people are born with unlimited supply of patience, but patience is actually something you can practice and make perfect. One way to train your patience when dealing with irritating people is by think of them as a small child. Think of them like your mischievous nephew who kept running and screaming on your family reunion and spilling stuffs. Or that sweet niece who keeps asking questions over and over again. Just like a small child, your irritating co-workers don’t know any better, so be patient with them.
No matter how your co-worker has boiled your blood, always remember that you are in a professional work environment. Yelling at them and punching them in the face won’t solve your problem; it will only make matters worse.
If you are not working directly with this co-worker, do your best to avoid them. For example, don’t go to the pantry at the time when they usually have their coffee. Unfortunately, in some situations, you must see them on a regular basis (such as working with them on a project or presentation). However, you still have some control on how much interaction you have with this person. By suggesting phone conferences instead of in person meetings, you can cut down on potential confrontations.
Is it time to change job?
When the situation has gotten out of control and you cannot stand the person any longer, you might think of quitting your job. But always have a back-up plan! Get your resume polished and ready so you will be a hot commodity in the job market. Get that dream job you have always wanted with the co-workers you love!