Working alongside other people can be a great experience but it can also bring its fair share of difficulties for many people. Firstly, let’s have a look at the main types of annoying co-workers:
A little harmless discussion about current events in the workplace is one thing, but working with someone who likes to share everyone else’s business and their opinions on it, can be a real drain. You will need to learn how to avoid gossip to stay clear of this one!
Of course, we all have different tastes in food, but in the workplace it is worth thinking about how what you are eating and drinking will affect those around you. An egg sandwich now and then might be forgiven, but you don’t want to be known as the colleague with smelly food!
- The Noisy Colleague
When you are working in a shared environment, an awareness of your behaviors and noise levels on those around you is necessary. If you work with someone who is consistently louder than everyone else, it is worth looking at diplomatic ways to let them know (after all they may not be aware of how loud they are)!
How to Deal With an Annoying Colleague
1. Get Perspective
Before tarring your colleague with the label of “annoying”, take a step back and see if their behavior is really unwarranted. Maintaining good professional relationships is important and therefore it is worth making sure you are being fair.
Everyone has the capacity to be annoying to others and therefore, it is worth bearing in mind that the annoying colleague may not be aware of what they are doing. It is always better to be direct, rather than talking about the problem with others behind the persons back (i.e. treating others how we would like to be treated). Try to find a diplomatic but assertive way to raise the issue if necessary.
When working with others, it is inevitable that everyone won’t get along all the time. Of course, acceptance doesn’t mean that you should continue to tolerate inconsiderate behaviour, and taking action (as above) should help to rectify things. However a little acceptance and tolerance can also go a long way in smoothing the cracks. Remember: breathe!
4. Limit Contact
If all else fails and you continue to have difficulties with a colleague, try and see if there is a way to reduce contact with that person in order to make everyone’s life easier. Could you move your desk or work on different shifts? Maybe you could be moved to a different project?
For many people, work is where they spend a lot of their time so it is important to be proactive and try to reduce consistent irritations!
Bio: Jen Smith is a Life Coach, Mentor & Writer. She has tried many career paths herself and now helps others to achieve their goals and dreams.