6 Tips to Working with People You Don’t Like

Every workplace comes with a lot of personalities that will definitely influence your work experience. The obnoxious, the brag, the bully, the proud, the arrogant, the selfish, the malice gossip, the Karens of the World! Some of them can become your friends while others will definitely make your life miserable while in work.

Sadly, you can’t just get rid of these people who you don’t like because you are working in the same place. It is also a fact of life in work that you need to get along for the sake of your career.

If you have people at work you don’t like, here are some tips to follow so you can make your collaborations with them a bit more bearable:

Tip 1: Adjust your reactions

Sometimes, we influence the conflict we have with our co-workers through our reactions towards them. Make it a point to ask yourself what makes your co-workers unlikable and see if your reactions are warranted.

If you just think they are “unlikable”, it is important that you adjust your reactions to them and not avoid them. You should also keep your cool even if they annoy you for the little things.

Tip 2: Understand your differences

Each one of us have different personalities which can cause you to class with one another. If you prefer working on your own, you may find it hard to  work with someone who is outgoing and prefers working on a group.

On the other hand, people who are outgoing may see you as a boring person to be with because you prefer working on your own. Always be aware of your differences and adjust your behaviour accordingly so you can work with them properly.

Tip 3: Put yourself  in their shoes

Working with someone you don’t like can make your work life  miserable, but it is possible they are only acting that way because they are experiencing something bad at home.

If this is the case for your co-worker, try to be understanding and don’t tempt them to react to you.

Tip 4: At all times, remain professional

This means keeping personal attacks to zero, no small talk and reduce any unnecessary meet ups to a minimal.

Split up the roles clearly and have someone else to document everything. Everything spoken should be noted down to prevent future misunderstanding.

Even you may be tempted to, don’t bitch about your coworker to another coworker. You don’t want karma to boomerang its way to you.

Tip 5: Reduce your contact

Since you are working in the same place, try to reduce the amount of contact that you have with them by using different routes to the office or change your break times. You can also email them instead of reaching out to them personally.

Tip 6: Delegate your work

If you have to work with them but you think you won’t be able to do so because of your sentiments to them, you can hand-off the task to someone else. This should really be the last resort.

Speak to your team leader about your decision and explain why you wish to delegate to work to someone else. By doing this, you won’t cause problems for the team and avoid getting into a conflict with your co-worker.

Conclusion

When you are at work and have people you don’t  like surrounding you, don’t immediately think you are getting the worst luck in your office space. Others also have to deal with co-workers they can’t stand but have to work with. With these tips above, you will be able to deal with them head on and still work with them efficiently for the betterment of your company and your careers.

Relationships at work aren’t easy with a combination of colourful characters, here are some tips I accumulate in the past:
How to Reject a Colleague Who Wants to Date You
How to Win Your New Colleagues Over in Your New Job?
How to Politely Turn Down After-Work Socialising Without Hurting Your Career or Offending Your Coworkers
Annoying Office Habits of Your Co-workers

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63 Comments Add yours

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much, Cindy. Have a great day!

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    2. Kally says:

      Thank you so much. Of course, I will go and visit your blog.

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  2. Kritika says:

    Reducing contact will solve all. 😀

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    1. Kally says:

      True, of course!

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  3. KK says:

    You have given very practical tips. Thanks!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much!

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  4. purpleslob says:

    All excellent tips. You have the best professional advice, Kally!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much! How are you doing? Still basking in the joyness of purple?

      Liked by 1 person

      1. purpleslob says:

        My pleasure!! Very well, thanks! Have your Covid restrictions lifted yet? Does your baby girl get to go to a park yet? You know it!! I got a purple couch!! I need to post about it! My dotcom site is gone. Now I’m @ purpleslobinrecovery20.design.blog

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        1. Kally says:

          The restrictions are back on again. At least, we do get to go to the park this time. Did you managed to get everything sorted out and transfer to the new blog?

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          1. purpleslob says:

            Oh no! Yay! At least you can go to the park.
            Yes, sort of. http://www.purpleslobinrecovery20.design.blog

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  5. Thank you for very helpful tipps, Kally! Enjoy your day! Michael

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    1. Kally says:

      You’re awesome, Michael. Thank you.

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      1. :-)) Thank you, Kally! Enjoy your weekend!

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        1. Kally says:

          You too, Michael! Stay happy!

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          1. Thank you, Kally! You too!

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  6. Gregoryno6 says:

    Little wax dolls and a box of pins have always worked for me.

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    1. Kally says:

      Oh my! Gregory! You made me laugh so hard I almost fell out of my chair. Yes, this has crossed my mind.

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  7. Asra Anime says:

    Great advices 👏💙

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Shelly DS says:

    At this point it is great to even have a job… great tips! It’s good to see that changing jobs is not an option 😀

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    1. Kally says:

      Lol! Well… it really depends if you have a psychotic coworker.

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  9. That some exceptionally unique advices 😁

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much!

      Like

  10. Efrona Mor says:

    Nice post and great advice..

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much!

      Like

  11. Good One Kally.

    My comments are an over-simplification; but I’m quite tired today.

    The “Golden Rue”; TREAT EVERYONE as you would like to be treated by them. Amen!

    God Be with Us,

    Patrick

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    1. Hill Study Center says:

      I sit by someone on the same table in church to write down some contributions that come in. When I get to church 1st and she comes in later, she will sit without greeting me but I when I get there after her I always acknowledge and greet her. Obviously, am thinking she thinks of herself as “too big”. Per your golden rule, should I continue to doing this?

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    2. Kally says:

      Big hugs. Please don’t overtired yourself, Patrick.

      The Chinese have a saying “Rest more to walk further”.

      Stay blessed, stay happy and stay safe.

      Like

  12. A fabulous list of tips, Kally. They do feed into what I call being professional (including your point on being professional!).

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you very much, Sean. TGIF!

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  13. Seoul Sister says:

    As always, excellent advice! I will try! 🤗

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much! Try and let me know if it works for you.

      Like

  14. Mariam Riaz says:

    Helpful tips 🙌

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you, Mariam.

      Like

  15. Nice one Kally, as always.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much.

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Mei says:

    Certainly #5.. and it helps when you’re WFH 😂

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  17. Anonymous says:

    I love the tips you shared, Kally. ❤
    Empathy and acknowledging our differences does help. 💯

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    1. Kally says:

      Awwww… thank you!

      Like

  18. I love the tips you shared, Kally. ❤
    Empathy and acknowledging our differences does help. 💯

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  19. These are some great tips! It can be irritating when personalities clash at work, but it’s important to still do our best to get along. Serious issues that lead to work disruption will need to be addressed in some way, but mild annoyances or differences can usually be worked around with care and professionalism.

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    1. Kally says:

      Wise words! You basically sum it all up. Thank you for your visit. Stay safe and stay happy.

      Liked by 1 person

  20. Godfreykuma says:

    Wow! Nice piece kally

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much, Godfrey.

      Like

  21. AnuRijo says:

    Good one Kally..keep going..
    Anu💙

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much, Anu!

      Liked by 1 person

  22. msw blog says:

    Number 4 is a must one bad interaction can follow on throughout their career.

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    1. Kally says:

      I think so too!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. da-AL says:

    perfectly said, Kally — great to acknowledge that sometimes we don’t like our coworkers & then move on from there

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much! Hope you are having fun during this holiday.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. da-AL says:

        quiet fun lol

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