Don’t you just get so frustrated with some of your co-workers…? I mean where is all this hostility coming from?! It drives me up the wall sometimes, and I end up wanting to smack them upside the head! Lool I swear!
I’ve noticed thru a lot of tweets, ppl are going thru the same thing! Example: “#Dearcoworker … Get out of my face before my fist goes in it”… Loool! Yes! U know your all thinking the same thing about one of your work colleagues ;p
U know… It’s absolutely normal to react angrily when a coworker is hostile to you. We all experience this type of situation in the business world. But! The reality is that we CAN’T put our fist in their face lool… No… We have to find another way to deal with such annoying people…
Question is, how do we do that??
Helpful & simple tips after the jump!
Dealing With Angry and Hostile Coworkers-
Going to work every day with an optimistic attitude can be a difficult task for anyone, especially when you have a coworker who isn’t happy to be there. There are many factors that may play a role in the attitude a coworker has towards you. You may not even be the problem, but because you’re there you become the target.
1) First and foremost, you have to know that you may not be the actual cause of your coworker’s hostility. Your hostile coworker may just have a negative attitude because of problems at home with kids, a spouse, or just the job itself. Keep in mind that most people are unable to resist bringing their personal problems to work because after all, work is only 8 hours a day and the problems will be there, waiting when they return home.
(This is so true… usually they have something deeper going on and they end up taking it out on u, thinking you have it better than them…)
2) Find a common ground between you and your hostile coworker. Be sure to do this without making matters too personal. It’s best to try and keep your personal life and your work life separate. There is a way to approach your coworker without “catching” the hostility that is already present with your coworker. Maybe lunch. Suggest a great lunch place or maybe ask your coworker if they have ideas. This is a great icebreaker, since we all have to eat at some point during the work day.
(I’ve tried doing this… and it has worked.. Surprise your co-worker to go on a lunch break… They would never c it coming… And will be intrigued as y u would ask! Haha)
3) Maybe your coworker feels intimidation from you. Let’s face it; everyone is seeking a way for their employers to notice them and to gain credit. Be sure your coworker knows that you aren’t trying to outshine them. You can do this by presenting your positive attributes to the company without making your coworker feel like you are “downplaying” their work. Maybe, you can ask your coworker to incorporate any ideas that they may have into your plan. Be sure to let them know that their credit will be fully noted with your employer.
(I get that feeling too!… I ask for help from my coworkers showing them that their input is valuable, but not over doing it!)
4) Always give your coworkers their needed space. Some people just aren’t morning people. Saying a brief good morning with a smile can give you a feel of your coworker’s mood. Allow them time to settle in and prepare for their working day.
(For me this is a given! I say: morning n walk straight to my desk… cuz I’m not a morning person either! Hahah…)