Have you ever had a coworker who annoyed so much that you wanted to rip your hair out and scream? You’re not alone. At some point or another, we’ve all encountered that one coworker who makes going to work a complete nightmare, even if it happens to be our dream job. Even though obnoxious coworkers are everywhere, there are things you can do to address the situation, and, ideally, make your coworkers address their annoying behavior.
Don’t Loose Your Cool
Even though a difficult or annoying coworker can really grind your gears, you should always control your emotions and refrain from losing your temper. Reacting to a difficult coworker in a harsh or otherwise unprofessional way won’t make the situation any better, plus, no one will listen to you if you sound like a big whiny baby. Take a deep breath and just face the fact that you’re going to have to deal with this person in one way or another. If your pain-in-the-ass coworker sees that you’re cool, calm, and collected despite their irritating behavior, there’s a good chance they’ll be more inclined to respect you.
Try To Figure Out Where They Are Coming From
Aside from a small amount of people who are a special, unique brand of ass hats, most people are not difficult just for the sake of being difficult. Instead of going into a fit of rage, remove yourself from the situation. Ask yourself, “Why are they acting like this?” Surely they’re not out to get you, and there could be an underlying reason for their behavior.
Get A Second Opinion
If one person in your office is driving you nuts, try to get some perspective from others. Your coworkers and friends have most likely dealt with a similar situation, and they could offer a unique perspective and give you advice on how to handle the situation.
Share your story and seek advice. But a word of caution: don’t talk about your annoying coworker to everyone and their mother at your office. That’s a quick and easy way to be labeled as the office gossip, and that’s just not a good look.
Talk It Out
If you can’t find ways to deal with your annoying coworker on your own, you might want to try to approach them in a friendly and respecting manner, and ideally find a solution to the problem at hand.
Mention specific examples of times that made you feel frustrated, and share how these moments affected your productivity. If you feel comfortable, offer your support to help resolve an issue or to vent. Sometimes people are completely oblivious that their behavior is annoying others. Being able to effectively communicate will really come in handy when working with others.
Take It Up With The Supervisors
If your awful coworker isn’t willing to listen to reason and it’s impossible for you to ignore them, you might want to address the issue with your manager.
You should be able to demonstrate to your boss that this person is directly interfering with your productivity, and offer possible solutions. This option should really be used as a last result, otherwise you might be seen as a tattle tale, or that you can’t handle your own problems. But sometimes, it’s really the only effective solution.
By: Dammy Eneli