Have you ever had to deal with a disrespectful coworker who makes your life miserable on the job? Know this: you are not alone. Nine out of 10 workers say they have experienced uncivil behavior and have witnessed it, according to a study by Georgetown University and Thunderbird School of Global Management of nearly 3,000 participants.
Such nasty colleagues can come in various flavors of unpleasantness, from condescending to confrontational to creepy to downright conniving. And when he or she is hellbent on stealing your credit for a job well done or making you look bad, your morale and performance can take a major hit.
So, how do you handle a competitive coworker who thinks nothing of throwing you under the bus? First, chill out. You will have to think about your approach in a calm manner. After all, there is no escaping this person unless you are ready to change jobs.
Stay one step ahead of sabotaging coworkers with the following measures:
Whatever you do, ignoring the problem is not an option. Empower yourself to make your work day good or bad. Don’t let a competitive coworker decide.
Robin Farmer is a freelance journalist with a focus on health, education and business. Visit her at RobinFarmerWrites.com.