How to Deal With Annoying Colleagues

listeningThis question unfortunately comes up more often than not. “How do I deal with an annoying colleague?”

Even if it’s something as simple as heaving a cubicle mate who’s a loud eater or a loud talker or a loud anything, it’s enough to cringe. And then deal with it on a daily basis.

Ford R. Myers, author of Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring, explains via email, “When you’re working eight hours a day in close quarters – or even in cubicles – some would say that it’s only a matter of time before some of your colleagues will really start to get on your nerves.”

And it’s hard to believe but some colleagues may not even be aware they’re disturbing other colleagues.

So, what’s your best approach? Myers suggests diplomatically talking to your colleague and let him or her know certain actions are bothersome.

“Believe it or not, the other person who is displaying this annoying behavior simply may not be aware of what they’re doing. Once he or she hears your complaint, the offending habits may simply stop.

After trying to address the issues directly with the annoying co-worker, if that doesn’t work, take your comments to management. At that point, it’s really the responsibility of the department supervisor or the senior manager to address these kinds of problems.”

At this point if complaints fall on deaf ears and depending how troublesome the annoying behaviors are, you may want to look for potential transfers into other departments. Myers adds, “And if that doesn’t work, it’s probably time to look for a new job at a different company.”

Publish date: December 9, 2014 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT