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When Your Coworkers Stress You Out

Mar 13, 2008
What can you do when a coworker stresses you out? It can be tough to have to do your job and have to deal with a coworker that gives you a difficult time. As a result, here are some suggestions on how to deal with your coworkers.

Wait and see what happens. Sometimes, people have a stressful week and they might take it out on others. Instead of getting upset, wait and see if this person will stop causing problems. In the meantime, be patient and be kind to the other person. Give it a week or two to see what happens.

Talk to the person who is giving you a hard time. Explain to the person what the problem is and ask him or her for some suggestions on solving the problem. Sometimes, your coworker might not realize what they are doing. Ask them nicely if they can stop whatever it is they are doing to you.

Talk to the boss if you have to. If the coworker continues to give you problems, then talk to your supervisor about the situation. Sometimes, the supervisor might have to step in and do something. You do not want to get into the habit of complaining to your boss so chose your battles carefully.

Be flexible. There will always be somebody at work that will give you a hard time. It could be a bad boss, lazy coworkers, or people that you just do not like. Learn to work with one another and do not complain about every little thing. Learn to go with the flow.

Learn to take it one day at a time. Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week or coming month, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how to deal with your problems. When the time comes, hopefully you will have learned the skills to deal with your situation.

Remember take a deep breath and try to find something to do to get your mind off of you anxieties and stresses. A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper, watch TV, play on the computer or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things.

Dealing with difficult coworkers can be stressful and is something that most people have to deal with at their jobs. If you have to, you can always talk to your Human Resources Department to see what they suggest you do. In summary, do not let your coworkers get to you.
About the Author
Stan Popovich is the author of, A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear, an easy to read book that presents a overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com
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