You may love the work you do, but if you don’t like the people around you all day, chances are you’ll grow to dislike your job. I’m talking extreme here, incredibly annoying co-workers who start to make your daily life a misery.
It’s rare that you get to pick your co-workers, so you need to learn how to handle them. And as HR, you need to be able to help other employees manage their relationships with different people in the organization. Not everyone gets along. Some personality types can really rub one another raw. So what can you do?
Turns out there are positives to the different types, not just negatives, so take a look at some of the positives.
Narcissists: (We’d better start with them, as they’re not the best listeners….) They can actually be motivational, if they’re a boss or executive. (so just annoying in a colleague) The key? Learning to share praise, making your own contributions subtly known and ensuring that the narcissist doesn’t rule your work life.
Office Gossips: Believe it or not, gossip can be a force for good. Gossip can make offices run more smoothly and improve productivity, helping to keep underperforming workers in line while fostering camaraderie. As HR, though, it’s up to you make sure that you keep lines of communication open so workers aren’t gossiping about inappropriate topics. Get more help from our resources Effective Management of Workplace Gossip (a guide) or Taming Toxic Chatter, Gossip and Backstabbing Busybodies (a recording).
Workaholics: Rule-bound, with high standards, workaholics can be constructive, inspiring colleagues to be more dedicated.
And if this isn’t enough? There are strategies to handle specific types. Once you identify someone’s type – and that’s usually pretty easy, go ahead, try to pick out the narcissist in the group! – you can start applying the appropriate strategies for that type. Check out C4CM’s Managing Difficult People at Work for in-depth techniques you can apply immediately.