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Dealing with difficult people - part 1

Why you must deal with difficult people

There are many different types of people in the workplace, and not everyone will always see eye-to-eye with each other. Every workplace has people who can be difficult to work with, and the way you handle them can depend on a number of things such as self confidence, self-esteem and personal courage.

There are many types of difficult people in the workplace; there are those that are obnoxious and disruptive, people who continually talk and never listen, those you can’t depend on to come through for you, people who are overly critical on anything they didn’t create, and then there’s the person who may be personally attacking and undermining your professional position and decisions in the work place. The later is often the most difficult to deal with out of the lot and can make people have to muster a lot of courage to have to deal with them.

The fact of the matter is that difficult people are in every workplace in all shapes and sizes, and situations will arise where you have to deal with these people.  No matter how insecure you feel about the situation or the consequences – you must address them.  If you fail to address them, the chances are the situation will only worsen.

Why you must deal with people

If you avoid conflict in the workplace and hide away from it rather than confronting it, it will simmer and only get worse – often erupting at the worst possible time!

To safeguard this from happening and affecting your work, it is important that you deal with the difficult person ‘head on’ to put an end to their behavior immediately. Take some time to reflect on the situation and what is happening. Understand that you are not alone – if you are feeling irritated by one person, there is a likely chance that others are feeling the same.

Difficult people come in all forms and situations, and although it can be daunting, it is important that you deal with the person as soon as possible. The sooner you eliminate the problem, the sooner you can get back to what’s important – your work!

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By Fiona Lang|May 10th, 2013| Communication | 0 Comments

About the Author: Fiona Lang

Fiona Lang
Fiona Lang is an experienced human resources consultant, line manager and financial controller. She has designed and delivered feedback, training and development programs for organisations in the government, non-profit and corporate sectors. She has worked across Australia in management positions for ANZ bank, Citibank and the National Australia Bank Group. She holds a B.A. (Psychology) and Dip.FP.

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