If you’ve ever been in a toxic office environment, then you already know that dealing with a toxic coworker can be a challenge. In this blog, we will look at ways to deal with a toxic coworker, starting with a definition of what a toxic coworker is.
We will also look at how to part ways with a toxic coworker.We spend 40 hours per week at work. That’s more time than we spend with our loved ones, asleep and even eating. A toxic coworker can throw that time into disarray and make work feel like a prison sentence.
1. Focus on controlling yourself, not anyone else.
The most important thing to remember is that you can only control yourself. No one else is making you feel a certain way, you are. So, the real question is: Are you going to be the victim and let the toxic coworker win?
Or are you going to be the victor and take control of your emotions and reactions? The best way to deal with a toxic coworker is not to let them affect your emotions. Don’t let them get under your skin. Remember that these people are the minority and are the exception,
not the rule. Remember that most people are good and when you think about it, you probably have more in common with your coworkers than you don’t. Don’t let them control you, and don’t let them get the best of you.
2. Have a direct conversation.
While it can be scary to confront someone directly, it’s the best way to get your point across. Instead of complaining behind their back, be direct and ask them to stop the behavior. For example, if your coworker is making inappropriate comments about your clothing,
walk up to them and say “Hey, when you make comments about my appearance, it makes me uncomfortable. Can you please stop?” If they refuse to stop, explain that you’d like to work with them but that the behavior needs to stop.
If they’re still unwilling to change their behavior, you may want to consider talking to your supervisor.
3. Practice healthy coping skills.
You’ve probably experienced it before: the toxic coworker or boss. They know how to push your buttons, and they do it on purpose. As much as you want to, you can’t ignore them and hope they go away. It would be best if you had a plan of action.
Coworkers who are toxic are often happy to see you fail, and they aren’t afraid to make you feel incompetent while they stand by and laugh. They act like they’re saving the day by pointing out your every error, and they’ll be the first to undermine your successes.
They might even say they’re doing it for your own good, but it’s all about them. In the meantime, you’re the one left with a shattered ego.
4. Avoid Engaging with Them Unnecessarily
One of the most essential traits of successful people is staying calm in stressful situations. It’s essential to stay focused and not allow yourself to be distracted. When you’re working under pressure, there is a tendency to lose your cool and react to your coworker’s negativity.
However, you must remember that a bad attitude can only ruin your productivity. Your job as a professional is to be a team player, not a team spoiler. The more you get involved with your toxic coworker, the further they’ll take you away from your goals. You have to be willing to step away from the conversation and ignore your coworker if they are being negative.
If possible, you should try not to be around that person during the time of day when they are in a bad mood. It would be best if you also tried to avoid working on the same project as that person.
5. Talk to Your Superiors About It
If you are the type of person who loves to give advice, you are probably the kind of person who has to deal with many people who love to hear it. You probably enjoy helping others and giving them the benefit of your experience, which can be a great thing.
However, if you know that there are people in your office that you cannot stand, it can be very frustrating to have to see them every day. If you are in this situation, you must deal with it as best as possible.
It’s almost inevitable that you’ll have to deal with toxic coworkers at some point in your career. The important thing is to learn how to deal with them the right way.
We hope this blog post has helped you deal with toxic coworkers and set the boundaries you need to feel comfortable and secure in your workplace.
If you have any other questions or concerns about dealing with toxic coworkers, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us anytime. Thank you for reading. We are always excited when one of our posts can provide helpful information on this topic!