No matter which workplace you go to, you are bound to encounter a whirlpool of people with various personalities. No doubt it’s going to be difficult to find ways to deal with certain individuals at times. Still, no matter what, there’s always a way to tackle the situation.
Little Miss Procrastinator
Someone who can never get her work done on time, she really enjoys taking her time to complete a task. She is also the reason you missed out several deadlines in the past.
SOLUTION: Either she’s swamped with her own or is struggling to keep up to your requests. Perhaps it’s time that the both of you have a talk. Inform your supervisor in a professional manner if her attitude continues to prolong afterward.
The colleague with anger management issues who makes her work issue personal as it makes her temperamental and emotional, affecting your mood as well.
SOLUTION: There’s always a reason behind her behavior so try figuring out by asking a colleague close to her. If it’s something related to her personal life, remind her to keep her emotions at bay as professionalism is a must at work. Apologise if it is something caused by you. Cleaning the air makes everything less intense at work.
A little too care free
Always has an excuse for everything. You find yourself constantly having to cover her part of the project. The ‘best’ part is your boss never figures it out whenever she gets away with it.
SOLUTION: It is wise to conduct group meetings regarding the work with the presence of your boss before commencing the project. End the discussion by going through the work list and reminding everyone to keep tabs on their duties. Update your boss regarding the work progress on a weekly basis. If she tries to convince you to take up her job, tell her to reason with the boss instead.
Plagiarist in the making
What started off as a casual chit chat with her about a future project ended up with her giving out your ideas to the boss as her own at a meeting later on.
SOLUTION: If ever this occurs again, casually bring up the fact that you are flattered of her bringing up the idea you shared with her the other day. It’s a subtle way of letting your boss know that the idea is yours. She, too, will be aware of not repeating her habit again.
The horny one
The fella who bothers you with constant emails and dirty texts. Talking with the person face-to-face becomes a dreaded occasion as they have a habit of touching you at the most unwanted places for too long.
SOLUTION: It’s important to note that victims of sexual harassment are not only limited to females. If you’re a guy experiencing the same thing, do not hesitate to speak out. Don’t tolerate this behavior by keeping quiet. Make this person be aware that their behavior is disturbing and inappropriate. Inform your supervisor or his boss if it goes on. If the issue still persist, seek help from any external NGOs as they are able to provide ways on taking legal action.
Once borrowed, considered gone
Whenever this colleague comes around to borrow your stuff, you can be sure that’s the last time you will be seeing your belongings. Or she’ll just pop around and help herself without asking for your consent.
SOLUTION: Plaster your name all over your stuff. Remind her that you need it back every time she borrows your stuff. If she acts innocent, either bother her until the item is returned to you or you could let her know that her behavior is bugging you. Last resort is to casually ask your colleagues (in front of her) that your stuff keeps going missing. She’ll get the clue.
Tabloid reporter in disguise
She’s the “gossip girl” at your workplace and she’s proud of it! She always have a way of getting to know the latest sensation and making sure that everyone (including you) aren’t falling behind. You feel very transparent with her.
SOLUTION: Be wary of what you say whenever she’s around. If she keeps on bugging you during your work, tell her that you have an extremely urgent task that needs to be completed ASAP. If you’re a victim of her gossip sessions, confront her in a calm manner. Approaching her oppositely will only provoke her to take revenge by spreading more gossip about you.