Every workplace will have a mix of different people. Each person will have a different personality and characteristics, skills and hobbies, weaknesses and strengths. These different people with different personalities can create a boiling pot for friction.
In this blog post Aspire Cambridge would like to share some tips with you for dealing with difficult co-workers in your workplace. These tips will help you deal with any difficult workers within your business.
Overcome Conflict Fear
Many business owners dread the feeling of telling someone that they have a frosty or negative behaviour at work. It is essential that overcome this fear of conflict. You may think that talking about it will make the situation worse, but leaving the problem will make the problem much worse. Whether an employee is taking credit for someone else’s hard work, deadlines are being missed or they are just coming across as arrogant – you need to speak to them.
Team building events are a great way of breaking down barriers and forging friendships. It gives employees a chance to learn more about their colleagues too. This could be a regular team lunch, a pub quiz one evening or a full day out the office at an organised team building event. By helping colleagues build alliances you can develop their relationships and the morale of the team.
Difficult colleagues can bring you down and make you dread going to work, or going to their part of the office. However it is important that you try and stay positive. This will help dispel any negative energy and stop bringing your mood down and the mood of the team too.
When deciding that you will have the discussion with your employee, think about an exit strategy. Plan out your meeting and how it will end. This could be a timed meeting for example where the employee has a chance to explain their feelings, or it could be at the end of the day.
If you have issues with difficult co-workers and employees in your business and you are unsure how to deal with them, use our professional HR consultants. We are highly skilled in managing difficult employees and often there is a really simple explanation that can be easily resolved. Contact our team today on 01223 855440.