Dealing with difficult coworkers can be really hard. You just want to get your job done but there’s this colleague(s) who’s always getting in your way. They could be annoying to work with because of their bad attitude amongst other reasons. In cases like this, what do you do?
First of all, I like to say that the difficult person you see could be soft hearted but might have been hardened by life’s challenges, struggles or experiences. Also, such a person tends to mask their pain or inadequacies with a stern and difficult cover. Trust me, I have experienced this as a trend at work with a few of my coworkers. Still, work has to be done and you cannot let the “difficulty” of your coworkers hamper your productivity.
On that note, here are 4 tips for dealing with difficult coworkers:
We should see our coworkers as people that Christ died for; Regardless of how difficult they may be, we must always respond in love. Like Romans13:8a reminds us, ‘Owe no man anything but to love one another’. So just love them, and walk in love towards them.
We must learn to offer our coworkers the same forgiveness which we freely received in Christ Jesus. A decision to forgive involves not picking offences and overlooking certain actions. This is also a show of our Christian belief.
3. Focus on the positive
Concentrate on their great qualities. Compliment their positive actions, if you are in a position to do so. This will help you focus on their strengths and help you work better with them.
4. Pray for them
Prayer works wonders. Take out time to pray for their hearts and pray about relating with them. This will help you with the above mentioned tips.
If you do these 4 simple tips, dealing with that difficult co-worker might just get easier.
Have you ever had to deal with a difficult co-worker? What did you do? Please share in the comment section below.
You can also read “Representing God in the Workplace: 4 Things To Consider“.
Written by: Iyadunni Dimka