Let’s face it. It’s impossible to like everyone and vice versa. But it’s particularly awful if you have to be around these people at work. What do you do? How can you work with them and not leave every day with smoke coming out of your ears?
Here are 3 suggestions:
1. Be Self aware
When you’re around people you are not too fond of, it’s imperative that you are self-aware. You need to know what it is exactly about these people that gets under your skin. You need to know how it is you react to these people and you need to understand how you are perceived when around these people. There’s nothing worse than being viewed as a villain when really, all it is is that you have no idea how to handle people you don’t like and so you inadvertently take it out on everyone around you, even the people you like. Scary.
2. Limit your interaction
If you find it difficult to control your attitude (which is not a good thing), for the sake of your self and all parties involved, do your best to limit your interaction with these people. Keep it to an absolute bare minimum-just for everyone’s sanity. They will all thank you.
3. Keep an open mind
I find this to be the most difficult aspect of working with people you dislike. It’s hard to see the good when you’re clouded by your own personal issues against these people. And it’s true. Sometimes your dislike for someone is a personal issue. Maybe this person reminds you of an aspect of yourself you don’t like (kinda goes in hand with suggestion 1). I mean, maybe they’re just annoying, but the point is, don’t be so clouded by your dislike that you miss out on potential opportunities because you were so inwardly focused.
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