The average full-time worker with two weeks of annual vacation spends up to 250 days or 2,000 hours each year on the job. Unfortunately, many employees spend this time interacting with co-workers they don’t get along with, making their work situation almost intolerable.
If you have a problem with a co-worker and you’re growing weary, don’t despair. Although you can’t guarantee cooperation from the other party, there are some practical things you can do in an effort to turn the relationship around. Review the tips below to see how you can confront bad work relationships.
1. Take a good look at your own attitude and behavior first.
Before you complain or point a finger at your co-worker, take an honest look at how you might be contributing to the problem. Are you letting your feelings make you snappy, over-sensitive, jealous or uncooperative? Addressing your own negative attitude or behavior can often help decrease the distress brought on by the bad relationship and help you to address the only thing you really have control over – you!
2. Stop the negative talk about your co-worker.
If you keep talking about the person you have a problem with you run the risk of being labeled as a whiner, complainer or troublemaker. Gossip or other talk that criticizes or belittles your co-worker also has a way of coming back around and biting you where it hurts. Take the high road and resist the temptation to spread the problem around the office.
3. Keep your emotions in check.
Overreacting to a problem often results in a loss of your credibility and can diminish the significance of your complaint. Make sure you are maintaining emotional balance in your own life by not allowing your frustration to turn into anger and your anger into bitterness. Use