Do you have annoying colleagues at your workplace?

@nandans (1161)
India
December 26, 2006 2:16am CST
With most of us spending 10-14 hours at work everyday, our workplaces have become our second homes. As a result, even the slightest of hindrances here tend to blow up into vexing issues, particularly if they are not tackled in time. Very often, these issues relate to our colleagues' behaviour. It can get a little awkward when it come to addressing some of these directly, as a lot of them concern subtle aspects of behaviour that are difficult to articulate. How do you tackle with some the annoying behaviour of your colleague ?
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• Philippines
26 Dec 06
I do have an annoying colleague. Everytime there's a new colleague she questions their credentials. She has this some kind of superiority complex and to think that in the strict context they are more superior academically and professionally. How do we address this, well me and my colleagues don't really mind this, because we know that she's like that and that we would be lowering ourselves if we would be confronting her about this hehe. Eventually, she got the point when nobody was actually talking to her. It's like a silent protest.
@nandans (1161)
• India
26 Dec 06
well, thats a silent and good manner of tacking your colleague :) .. Thanks
@vivasuzi (4127)
• United States
27 Dec 06
That sounds exactly like what I was going to say! I don't work at that job anymore, but I had my own silent protest and only spoke to the person when it was required by work, otherwise, didn't say a word to her and zipped my lips when she came in the room! It's better that way, keeps you sane and keeps you from dropping to their level.
@nandans (1161)
• India
27 Dec 06
that sounds good and a behaved manner
@junaranas (197)
• Philippines
26 Dec 06
I simply ignore the person who annoyed me in my workplace.
• South Africa
26 Dec 06
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@nandans (1161)
• India
26 Dec 06
thats a straight forward one :)
• United States
27 Dec 06
First, who doesn't have an annoying colleague at work. It all depends on what is annoying you that your colleague is doing. Sometimes letting it go by without saying anything is the best route. Other times just sitting down and talking about it helps eliminate things. Every situation and person is different. Once you have an understanding on how a certain person is/reacts, then it's easier to handle the little things in life that bother you.
@nandans (1161)
• India
2 Jan 07
thats a very difference and seem to be logical approach.. Does it work always ?
• United States
26 Dec 06
LOL - I'm a straight forward type of person; what you see is what you get. If I have a problem with you, without being confrontational, but very matter-of-factly, I say it to your face. I try to resolve issues quickly and don't hold grudges. I'm an adult and "assume" I work with adults. Well, I learned, what turned out to be, the "hard way" when tackling the annoying behavior of a colleague -- follow the normally "unwritten" office guidelines. For example, even if it goes against every fiber of your being, if the norm is to run to the supervisor and tattle, do that. On one occasion, after I voiced my discontent with the behavior of an associate, she ran right to the supervisor and said she felt "threatened" by me voicing my opinions. In actuality, I would have more so used the word "intimidated" -- but that's just me. Next thing I knew, the supervisor is accusing me anger management issues and work place violence. OY! Word to the wise - follow those unwritten office rules.
@nandans (1161)
• India
26 Dec 06
it seems you follow the rules very carefully.. Thanks
• Philippines
26 Dec 06
Oh, yes definitely these kinds of jerks exist everywhere you go. Having worked for close to 20 years already (20 yrs this coming April 2007 to be exact), let me tell you that no workplace is immune from them. It doesn't matter whether it's a gigantic US multinational, a small mom-and-pop grocery store, a 500-seat callcenter, or a 20-person staff, there's gonna be a jerk lurking somewhere waiting to irritate you. The worst kind is the one who constantly tries to belittle you no matter what you do (or don't do). Here's the trick ----- IGNORE THEM COMPLETELY ----- The more you pay attention to them, the more it feeds their energy to irritate you. You'll find that the more you actively ignore them, the less they'll try to irritate you. Anyway, if you find a lot of these jokers around (just read Dilbert), just keep in mind that that idiots outnumber us intelligent species! Chow!!!!
@nandans (1161)
• India
26 Dec 06
Thanks for sharing your valuable and matured thought. hope it helps other members tackling the same situation..
@ZEZDBBMM (143)
• China
26 Dec 06
you can accept it,for you have no choice to change, life is always so
@nandans (1161)
• India
26 Dec 06
so u take things very easy :) .. thanks
• India
26 Dec 06
Yes there are lots of them...but Cant help it have to tolerate them...specially girls who talk rubbish and do back biting
@nandans (1161)
• India
27 Dec 06
silent protest is the best policy i believe.. thanks
@shijith (349)
• India
26 Dec 06
yeah i hav. but not many. but they r supposed to be in every workplace. how do u deal with them? pls tell me.
@nandans (1161)
• India
15 Jan 07
There are many ways to deal with annoying people : Just avoid them, silent protest and try to annoy them :)
• India
26 Dec 06
Yes .quite a few of them . I basically try to make things as clear as possible to them and never respond to their frenzie. It makes me look odd sometimes but I know what I am doing and explain to anyone who is ready to listen
@nandans (1161)
• India
26 Dec 06
you seem to be a mature person and you handle carefully :)
@ashiflett (1045)
• United States
26 Dec 06
When I worked outside of the home, yes, I had annoying people that I dealt with at work. Most of the time I would just be honest with them on their behavior...
@nandans (1161)
• India
26 Dec 06
so u believe in doing your work honestly without other side effects.. good
• India
31 Dec 06
Try to be as diplomatic as possible. Having said that, there is no need to worry what others think of you. You are there to work and not to make a family of friends. Coworkers are never to be made friends. Only to be treated diplomatically. Besides the boss pays you to work and not socializing.
• India
27 Dec 06
hey u hit the right nail...every one has annoying colleagues .some are plain enery vampires drainin your energy awy ,some are plain jealous about you.some bore you whole day with thier saas bahu stories,while some are verry very serious and dont indulge in any fun activities
@alterego (21)
• Philippines
27 Dec 06
all of us has annoying people on our workplace, me, like everybody else has these "monsters" and sometimes im completely sorrounded. (.'_'.)
@chetlog (624)
• Philippines
27 Dec 06
I used to in my old company but now that the big bosses there shut it down, well, they're not my problem anymore. Its more of an attitude problem with them since this husband and wife think they are God's gift to the company. They acted smug and important which they were not. It was ironic that I felt happy when the company shut down since I was losing my job but at the same time, I got free of these annoying people.
@elixir (1456)
• Guam
27 Dec 06
I dont have an annoying colleagues at my work place.But two of my frens suffered from this kind of behaviour.They were asked to stay back in the office for long time without having any work and all.Sometimes they were assigned large amount work so that they will b staying all night in office.All these happened.Be cautious and frank to ur supervisor.thats it.
@padhukr (2267)
• India
27 Dec 06
no idea.
• India
27 Dec 06
dont work
@deepaksur (122)
• India
27 Dec 06
i avoid that one
• India
27 Dec 06
as u know where ever u go their are good and bad people.some try to annoy you as what they want is to you tumble under pressure.as you have work to do u keep complete concentration on work.talk to those guys you know well and always be friendly to everyone.keep yourself cool they are going to end this when they know you are not going to respond to them.dont give them an oppertunity to annoy you.
@dmanuel (411)
27 Dec 06
yes, i have an officemate who copies me all the time and like what everyone does, i ignore her. silent treatment is the best.