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4 Tips to Deal with the Coworker You Hate

A study of over 1,100 employees conducted by psychologists found something amusing: Coworkers considered difficult were described the way that people with personality disorders are described in professional manuals. In other words, that coworker you hate might really be a little nuts. In an article for Fast Company, Gwen Moran shares some tips to reassess how you approach this troublesome person:

  1. Reflect on your own history: It could be that you do not like the person just because he or she has a trait in common with somebody you did not like in the past.
  2. Make your needs known: If there is a specific behavior you do not like about a person, then address it with that person using a “When [you do something stupid], I feel [bad]” format, albeit with courteous language.
  3. Check your expectations and assumptions: If you expect everyone to think, act, and react like you do, you will be disappointed. Try to appreciate how others tick.
  4. Recognize your triggers: Find the patterns in what sorts of things drive you crazy, and try to silence those emotions in yourself preemptively before they have a full chance to blow up on anyone.

You can view the original article here: https://www.fastcompany.com/3040353/how-to-deal-with-a-coworker-you-cant-stand

About John Friscia

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John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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