From petty disagreements to all out rivalries, nearly all of us know
how clashing personalities at work can affect us. But even in the most
extreme cases, there's usually a way to deal with that co-worker who
always gets under your skin.
If you have to interact with different "characters" in your workplace, follow these tips to deal with them successfully.
The defensive guy
We all know "Mr. Perfect" -- he's the guy who can never accept constructive criticism, no matter how you deliver it. He believes his way of doings things is always correct, and nothing you or anyone else can say will ever change his mind.
The constant arguer
You know that guy who speaks up just to hear the sound of his own voice? Of course you do; we all do. This is the guy who will dispute even the most rational points, just to be heard. He loves to disagree, and always has a problem with what others say.
The "me" guy
This is the guy who epitomizes ego. He has an inflated sense of himself, and believes that everything always revolves around his needs. He takes credit for everything, regardless of whether or not he actually deserves it, especially when it comes to team projects. The ego-obsessed co-worker also believes his problems are always bigger and more important than everyone else's.
The stubborn guy
This is the guy who's anything but a team player. He's too committed to his own ways to ever be open to change and new ideas. And even when it seems obvious to everyone else that his methods are ineffective, he always believes that his way of doing things is the best one. The stubborn guy may not always put in the energy to argue with others, but he's generally an old-fashioned guy who is set in his ways.
This is the guy we all really hate -- he talks trash about you and your work to others, and he typically does it behind your back. He characterizes you as someone who's incompetent, and does his very best to make you look bad in front of your co-workers and superiors. Regardless of whether or not it's true, the backstabber is effective in creating the perception that you're as bad as he makes you out to be.
The blame game guy
When it comes to playing the blame game, this guy's the champion. He never takes responsibility for his mistakes and shifts the blame onto others, often to an incredibly irrational extent. He fails to realize that the easiest way to impress your co-workers is to admit when you've done something wrong, and explore ways to avoid doing so in the future.
The whiner is that guy who always complains. He's constantly crossing the delicate line between venting frustration and unconstructive nitpicking. He unleashes his cynical attitude onto whoever happen's around him, whether they want to hear it or not.
uhhhhh, so where are the tips to deal with them successfully?