Monday, April 25, 2011

How to deal with obnoxious people at work

Every office is loaded with jabberwockies, bores, smelly armpit possessors, wild-eyed screamers, and coworkers who might bad-mouth you.

Molly Kissler writes about this in the AZ Republic, Apr 24, 2011.

What to do, what to do. Kissler quotes Randall S Hansen, founder of Quintessential Careers, on how to handle the charm-deprived.

Either talk it out or drown it out, he says. If someone won’t stop gossiping or interrupting you, tell them you can’t concentrate. If that doesn’t work—wear headphones.

Do it as soon as the problem arises so you don’t freak out.

If need be, turn to the boss, which Hanson describes as a “higher power,” a term I might not use.

Keep a paper trail if the person is trying to undermine you. Save emails, voice mails, and write down specifics.

What if people seem to be shying away from you or making excuses to talk to you later…er, you could BE the office chatterbox or bore.

Oh--two more thoughts, this from me... You don't want to spurn office gossip altogether--it can be helpful.

Second, if you think a coworker is losing it and might be dangerous, talk to the boss.

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