You will come across and work with a wide variety people in your career. It may not be possible to get along with everyone. However, you have control over how you react. Keeping your response professional will ensure that you and the coworker can continue to do the work and be productive on the job. Below are 3 tips on what you can do.
Know what bothers you and anticipate it. Cut down the amount of time you spend with the coworker and limit your interactions. For instance, you can excuse yourself to finish important work. You can also request your coworker to contact you and send information through emails or notes instead of in person.
Create distance by stepping away and giving yourself time to be objective. Take a walk if you have to. Avoid gossiping to other coworkers as you do not want to create an uncomfortable work environment. If you have to vent, talk with family and friends away from your work. However, set boundaries of when you think you can walk away from a situation or when you feel the need to speak up.
Remain professional. Speak to Human Resources, let them know about the situation and discuss what to do. You may want to request a group meeting to address the problem without pointing fingers. If you consider approaching it as a one on one conversation, showing patience and compassion goes a long way. Have your conversation in private and be specific on how you are affected. Do not make accusations. This will ensure that you may reach a compromise.
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