Have you ever had an annoying co-worker? I’m sure you have. How many times have you fought yourself from telling anyone about how you feel about him or her because you weren’t ready to make the annoyance ‘a thing’. If you’d like to keep it that way or you’re tired of being annoyed at this workmate of yours, I hope my top 5 ways to deal with your annoyance with a colleague can help.
Other online articles share tips on how to handle an annoying colleague; this post shares strategies on how to deal with your annoyance at a colleague. You may not be able to change an annoying co-worker, but you can certainly change your disposition. Read the list and start freeing yourself from this annoying feeling.
Top 5 ways to deal with your annoyance with a colleague:
Top 1: Avoid your annoying workmate.
If you know he or she has lunch at a particular time and sits in the same place, find a different lunch spot or have lunch at a different time. If he or she goes to the toilet towards the end of morning tea, go to the loo at the start of your break or go to a different one. Remember: out of sight, out of mind. Make an effort to avoid him or her, and it will seem as if he or she doesn’t even work at the same office.
Top 2: Don’t give your annoying colleague a code name.
The moment you enter this realm, you’re doomed. Having a code name for the annoying one encourages you to talk about him or her more often because you’ve already invested your creativity. The secrecy is heightened by the creation of a code name, similar to how classified investigations are given unique case names. The name also brings in fun into the situation you’re in, making conversations about him or her even more enjoyable.
Top 3: Don’t talk about your annoying colleague to another colleague.
The moment you tell someone at work about how you feel about a particular co-worker, chances are you’ll find someone else who shares your sentiments. Soon, there’ll be two of you fault-finding day in and day out. As I’m sure there is a basis for your annoyance, this number will easily multiply within days. The more you talk about your negative feelings with other people, the more it gets real and the more it will consume you.
Top 4: Ignore your annoying colleague.
Ignorance is, indeed, bliss. The less you know what this person does, the less annoyed you’ll be. Stop yourself from seeking updates from your colleagues about the latest he or she’s done or not done because every tidbit of information you get is similar to adding wood to fire. As you train yourself to ignore your annoying workmate, the embers will die.
Top 5: Just smile.
Your annoying co-worker can only get to you if you allow him or her to. Fight back by smiling. Think of things that make you smile. Think of happy places. Think of the best things in life. (I’ve got a list of simple reasons to smile.) If you see him or her, simply flash your brilliant smile as if nothing is wrong in the world. If you don’t let him or her affect you, you’ve won the battle.
If you do all of these tips to deal with your annoyance at a colleague, you’ll most likely be able to free yourself from carrying this negativity. It’s not easy, but it’s doable.
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