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It is time to talk about working professionally who work in an environment full of highly insecure, and aggressive people. People who suffer from depression have to deal with the same problems as depressed people, and they struggle to find solutions to the problems. Working professionals try to be professional as possible. But sometimes, people on your job purposely attack you. No, I am not talking about physically but emotionally and mentally. You may suddenly find yourself sitting your office wondering, why they can’t just leave me alone! Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. There is always that one person on the job who is jealous of you because of your abilities. You have to remember that insecure women can be caddy, jealous, and intimidated by other women.
You are not alone. There is no way to escape office drama and petty people by fighting back. Trust me. I’ve tried. Do you think that if you go to another job that things will be better? Nope. There is no such thing as a perfect work environment, but you can learn to overcome office drama. I am not going to spend a lot of time discussing office cliques, and why there are mean immature people in the workplace, because I discuss this in another article on this site. You have to remember that everyone can’t separate their personal life from their work life. Therefore, immature co-workers may spend most of their time trying to make your life miserable. When you encounter these situations, you may feel like to you have vent. It’s okay to vent, but be careful with who you vent to. Some people love to listen to you because they are miserable themselves and use what you say against you. People will eventually get tired of you and tell you that you need to learn how to deal with it.
Remember, you can deal with office drama successfully if you follow these simple steps.
1. Choose your work environment.
Before you determine how to handle disgruntle co-workers, analyze your work environment. Some work environments will allow you to confront the individual or individuals about their behavior, but be careful when using this tactic. People have a way of turning the situation around on you and making you look like the aggressor, and you do not want to be known as the trouble maker in the office. The best thing to do is to let your supervisor know what is happening long before anything escalates beyond your comfort zone. Your supervisor’s reaction to the situation will let you know whether or not you should pursue the issue further. Sometimes, it is best to let it go.
2. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
If people are talking about you, then you must be doing something right. Co-workers are intimidated by people who “shine” on the job, especially if they feel like there in competition with you. Learn to let things roll off.
3. Protect yourself and protect your paycheck.
You must know how to protect yourself. If your supervisor gives you the impression that you need to forgive and not forget. You need to forgive and not forget. Start keeping personal copies of your work and locking up your office if you have the ability to do so, and document each time that you have an incident with a co-worker. I know you may think that this is paranoid, but you never know who is documenting you.
4. Be a team player, always.
No matter what happens, always be professional and a team player. It is hard to do, especially when you don’t want to be a player on this particular team. However, this the best tactic to use when dealing with office drama. Upper management is watching you trying to test your reactions, and when you show consistently positive behavior, your co-workers will look like the origional agressors that they actually are. Never let people say that you can’t work with other people. Such talk will follow you for the rest of career.
5. Know when to respond.
I was in my Sunday school class one Sunday when one of my church members expressed her problems with her co-workers. Like most people, she’s experiencing a hostile work environment, and her supervisor told her to be the bigger person - Be polite, professional, and cordial.
At the end of the day, you are in control of your emotions. I use to think there is a perfect work environment. You have to be able to perform effectively in any situation. Immature co-workers are scared that one day you will become their boss, and you will always make them appear incompetent in front of their peers and upper management.