Put dozens of people from different backgrounds and locations into one space, and fireworks will likely fly. While some offices run like well-oiled machines, other offices suffer from problems because of one or more workers. Nearly everyone in the world has at least one person they work with who they just plain don’t like, and many people complain that their co-workers are toxic to the infrastructure of the office. Learning how to deal with and handle bitchy co-workers can make the office a better place to work.
Learn When to Walk Away
Learning when to walk away is important for anyone who works in an office setting. Workers always complain about that one person who steals ideas and take credit for the work that others did. Supervisors often want to know that the people working in that office are part of a team, and trying to drag down one worker can make anyone look bad. When a co-worker frequently whines about her home life, or an employee constantly makes rude comments about clients, walking away is often a better choice than confronting that person.
Finding a compromise is an easy way to deal with a bitchy co-worker. Compromises can exist in numerous forms. A group of workers who all have problems with the same person might agree to take turns working on projects with that person. Some offices can also benefit from mixing things up when it comes to seating and office spaces. If one man always seems to cause a problem, the office might frequently change seats and desks, giving everyone in the office a break from working next to that person every day.
Focus on the Positive
It is sometimes hard to focus on the positive when a bitchy co-worker just won’t stop talking. Now is the perfect time to take a deep breathe, walk away from the situation and give everyone time to cool down. After coming back from that break, discover how to focus on the positive aspects of the job and that co-worker. Talk to a gossipy co-worker about her own life instead of the lives of others working in the office, or tell a co-worker who constantly complains about his life that he did a great job on his last assignment. Focusing on the positive can help anyone deal with a bitchy co-worker.
Spread out the Work
Some workers will take credit for a project they didn’t work on, and other workers will attempt to take over a project from the very beginning. When a new project launches, sit down and make a list of each task associated with that project. Assign a different task to each person involved in the project, and keep a list of the work that everyone does. With the proof of who worked on what on hand, no one person can claim responsibility for that project.
Talk to a Supervisor
If all else fails, don’t hesitate to involve a supervisor. Some people view this as a last resort because they don’t want to feel like a tattletale. They assume that their supervisor will tell them to work things out on their own or find a way to work with that person. If everyone in the office has issues with the same person, now is the right time to sit down with a supervisor and discuss the situation.
No one should have to deal with a bitchy or rude co-worker, but nearly everyone finds themselves in this situation at some point. Informing a supervisor of the problem, finding compromises and taking frequent breaks can all help anyone dealing with problems in the office.