How to Work with Someone You Hate

workplace conflict

Getting along with others can be as simple as listening.

Find out why the person is feeling this way. It may have nothing to do with you. Often times we tend to exaggerate how much we think others think about us. Everything isn’t always about us.

Also we can:

Manage our reaction

Your response to your dreaded co-worker may range from slight discomfort to outright hostility. Daniel Goleman says the first step is to manage it. He suggests that if there is someone who is annoying or abrasive, don’t think about how the person acts, think about how you react. It’s far more productive to focus on your own behavior because you can control it. To handle your triggers, Goleman advises you practice a relaxation method daily. This will “enhance your ability to handle stress, which means the annoying person isn’t that annoying anymore,” he says.

via How to Work with Someone You Hate – Amy Gallo – Harvard Business Review.

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