At 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.