Working!! with terrible colleagues

work1At some point in life we all face the inevitable; work. May it be an additional job, internship or a fulltime job, we all face them, the terrible colleagues. Working!! shows the variety in colleagues.

Some are fortunate enough to make their hobby their work. Of course it is negotiable how much fun remains when a hobby turns into a way to earn a living. Some jobs can be completed in solitude or limited contact with coworkers. For the sake of this post, we’ll take a look at working with coworkers.

The office knows a wide variety of different people. The overly enthusiastic coworker, the one with the grudge against someone else and you as the only outlet, the snitch, the silent one and many others. Coping with different colleagues can be challenging, as not everybody matches your worldview. At first, it is important to look around and listen to what’s happening around you. How do the coworkers interact, who can be the possible snitch and who will possibly match your interests. Going to the office with the feeling you don’t fit it in, is one of the worst scenarios that can possibly happen.

Working!! takes it to the extreme as a female colleague has androphobia, the absolute fear for the other gender. Her male colleague, who is destined to cure her phobia, becomes a punching bag. This is an extreme example and will probably not occur that often, but what it portrays is the difficulty to work and accept certain colleagues.

In real life, friends come and go. Only the most loyal of friends will remain by your side. They have mostly the same interest and worldviews. On the job, you face people who are there for the same reason as you are, they need money. You can’t pick your colleagues and complaining to your boss about your distrust in your coworker, that won’t make you popular either.

Trying to find a comfortable spot in the office can be challenging. Remaining open for others, will help you get along with the better crowd. Ignoring the ones you hate, won’t help either. Focusing on the element that binds everybody together, can give structure to your work environment and maintain a healthy work relationship. Admittedly, it is difficult to make a good picture of the binding element and the implementation of that element in the daily workflow. But, if you are someone’s punching bag, I would suggest talking to your manager.


12 thoughts on “Working!! with terrible colleagues

  1. Mwnanamai says:

    I am going to put this on my watch list, on the whole subject of coworkers and colleagues in school, I found that you cannot be friend with everyone and you have to find a way to complete your work without needing to be friendly with the people around you. Even if Someone hated my gut, I should find a way to work with him to complete my task.

    Yes you can’t always work on your passion, which is why you have to follow your passion on the side, because it is absurd what modern society sells us that we “have to pursue our dreams”, because everybody pursuing their dreams at once is not possible,

    • ninetybeats says:

      I totally agree on the ‘follow your dreams’ part. All kinds of schools advertise that their education and study is the best, resulting in youngsters entering a certain set of education. But what they don’t tell you is how many others there are with the same education and the amount of jobs there actually available within that career.

      On the flipside, i believe that talent needs to guided. But without passion, only education won’t get you there. Pursuing your dreams won’t always pay the bills.

      Finding the right balance within group projects is always difficult. Not everybody has the same amount of motivation to work for a project. When you want to give it your fullest, others might slack and think it isn’t worth their time. Forgetting that it is a group effort and you’re all in it to win it.

      Thanks for your feedback, hopefully you’ll enjoy the rest and what is yet to come.

      • Mwnanamai says:

        Talents need to be guided, but I also believe that if you really have strong dreams that you should have more than one talent set : Talent for the work to pay your bills and Talent for your dreams.

        Some activities are easier than others, but there are many examples of Engineers, and Diplomats who where at the same time great philosophers and economists. Now it all depends on how important is your dream for you, do you only think about it or do you want to do it ?

        Having many talents is the best talent đŸ˜‰

      • ninetybeats says:

        I’m not sure if being a jack of all trades is the right way either. You can have to many talents, but can’t focus on one thing. Meaning you know something about everything, but not enough about one thing. That can be a problem on itself I believe. And I don’t think there are many people out there who are good at everything:p

    • Muri-Muir says:

      Ahaha, I believe the phrase “Don’t deal with personal issues at work” comes to mind? I’d like to love everyone, but I mean there are some people I just can’t click with =A=

      • Mwnanamai says:

        Yes you are right, I personally follow a policy of being courteous with everyone and avoid being buddy buddy with everyone. There is this funny phenomenon that for some people the more you try to show affection for your the more they hate because they think you hate them too and are being hypocritical.

  2. Moonlitasteria says:

    Much like Muri-Muir, I like everyone, but do not get involved them. I am naturally not much of a people person, so I try to avoid as much workplace tension and conflict as I can. The same applies to school work, since most of my classes emphasis management and group work. It is a waste of time and energy if the argument does not produce any new ideas or suggestions, so instead of trying to engage in a A or C type conflict (affective and cognitive conflict, look them up) hoping it will turn out to be C type, I won’t even bother, especially if it is for one of the more…unreasonable coworkers. They can really be A type when it comes to certain issues with certain people. Surprisingly, everyone seems to value my opinion at work or school and even agree (since I don’t say much to being with, lol).

    • ninetybeats says:

      As I stated, I think it really depends on the field of work you are in. Some are more competitive where there is a clear distinction between friends and foes. Where as others can be more of ‘we need each other’ feel.
      But it is true, it is best to co-create instead of only take your own course of action. That can bring you into a disadvantage.

  3. Sushi GoKart says:

    I work at a college, and the thing that binds us together is frozen yogurt. We all go together ever Tuesday and Thursday. It does a lot to keep us motivated through the week too.

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