Workplace Drama: How To Deal With A Difficult Co-Worker

Career Realism

Having problems with a difficult co-worker? So, instead of letting this problem stew, consider the following tips when dealing with a difficult co-worker. Don't Try To Make Your Co-Worker Look Bad Talking behind someone's back is never the answer. Instead, Have A One-On-One Conversation With Your Co-Worker Before you play office leapfrog and jump over your colleague's head to a higher up, have a conversation with your co-worker.

Christmas Gifting for Co-workers

Ms. Career Girl

The post Christmas Gifting for Co-workers appeared first on Ms. Be sure to find out whether your colleague drinks as an alcoholic gift to someone who doesn’t drink could potentially be quite offensive if it’s for religious or cultural reasons. Home-made jelly or fruit conserve – making your own Christmas jelly or fruit conserve is extremely common during the holidays and it’s a very humble way of showing your appreciation to a good co-worker.


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My Co-Worker Gave me a $1000 Present

Evil HR Lady

A gift of this sort is 100 percent inappropriate between co-workers, especially ones that are married to other people. Because you are co-workers, not boyfriend and girlfriend. Here’s why: Because it’s not an appropriate gift* between co-workers, this guy needs some training. If his culture is okay with this, that’s great. What is an appropriate co-worker gift?

If You Do These 10 Things, You're Probably A TERRIBLE Co-Worker

Career Realism

One of the best things about work is that you get to collaborate with your co-workers. However, in offices all over the world, there are co-workers people would rather NOT work with every day. Co-workers can get labeled as terrible for multiple reasons. Gossiping About Your Co-Workers via GIPHY It's important to build a team that has respect for one another in the workplace. A source of these distractions can come from co-workers.

4 Ways For Dealing With A Negative Co-Worker

Career Realism

4 Ways For Dealing With A Negative Co-Worker. To more seasoned workers, that may seem like a lot, but staying in a job two to five years looks like it is going to be the norm for millennials (the generation born between the early-1980’s and early-2000’s). Workers that change jobs more often can potentially count on working with more different co-workers in different organizations, all of which are going to have a unique organizational culture.

ANSWERED: My Co-Worker Complains ALL THE TIME But My Boss Won't Do Anything

Career Realism

Michelle and her co-workers are getting fed up with the negativity coming from another co-worker that everyone has to work closely with. She's not sure how to go about addressing this with the negative co-worker. One negative co-worker can bring down an entire team. In this week's edition of Well,This Happened, the series that lets you become a career coach, we addressed Michelle's awkward workplace dilemma.

7 Fun Ways To Bond With Your Co-Workers

Career Realism

Take a minute and think about your relationship with your co-workers. Having healthy relationships with your co-workers is an important part of being successful on the job. Good relationships among co-workers contributes to a happy office culture. Company picnics are a great way to get to bond with your co-workers in a laid-back setting. Or, you could plan one yourself, and invite your co-workers out to have some fun.

4 Tips On Giving Constructive Feedback to Your Manager and Co-Workers


Some of you may cringe at the thought of giving your co-workers constructive feedback. As an outsider you can provide your co-workers with valuable insights into their performance and point out certain behavior they may not be aware of. Your co-worker may already have a specific skill in mind that they’re trying to develop, for example improving their sales pitch or presentation skills.

HELP! My Co-Worker Complains ALL THE TIME But My Boss Won't Do Anything

Career Realism

I love my boss, the work environment, my co-workers, etc. My co-workers and I all work well together for the most part. The one downside is we have this one co-worker who's ALWAYS complaining. I don't want to cause tension between me and this co-worker but it's really starting to get under everyone's skin.

Are you and your co-workers 'Perfect Strangers'?

Corn on the Job

Corn on the Job Wisdom for Job Seekers Blog About Archives COTJ Blog Roll Corn Heads Contact Subscribe Are you and your co-workers ‘Perfect Strangers’? Simply put, Larry and Balky come from different worlds and learn to co-exist. Coexisting with your co-workers Who do you spend more time with, your family or your co-workers? We never know what to expect when meeting co-workers for the first time.

My Co-workers are Obsessed with Social Media

JT & Dale Talk Jobs

I urge you not to say, “It takes all kinds,&# and shrug off the most important cultural trend of recent years. Tags: Co-worker Issues career advice career expert career question social media twitter Dear J.T. & & Dale: I just took a new job I truly love. However, I’m finding one drawback — everyone is really into social media. They all have Twitter accounts, and some have their own blogs. I’m more of an outdoorsy person.

5 Ways To Build Relationships With Co-Workers

Career Realism

You might not know it, but building healthy relationships with your co-workers is an important part of having a successful career. According to this article , co-workers spend ample amounts of time together, and sometimes develop personal relationships on top of their professional ones. But how do you build relationships with co-workers to begin with? This can provide some relief if you are feeling uneasy about befriending a co-worker you don’t know.

How To Politely Tell Older Co-Workers To Stop Lecturing

Career Realism

How can she politely and professionally tell her co-workers to stop mothering, lecturing, and insulting her? Our culture equates youth with energy, technological aptitude and innovative thinking. For example, the next time one of the co-workers makes a snarky comment, she can simply say: “I know you don’t mean the comments about my age to be insulting, but the fact that everyone here comments repeatedly on my youth is frustrating. Dear J.T. &

Tips for Identifying a Toxic Culture Before You Take the Job

Ms. Career Girl

When companies look at creating a great culture, they’ll often look at other successful companies to see how it should be done. That’s how we get stocked break rooms and similar perks as the definition of how great the culture must be. While dangling free food and foosball tables might be enticing for people looking from the outside in, the foundation of a real culture is deeper than that. You can even tell a lot about a culture by the smell of the office.

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Why You Need A Work Buddy

Career Realism

Be open to getting to know all your co-workers. The Benefits Of Having A Work Buddy via GIPHY Having a work buddy is a great way to get incorporated into the company culture and quickly fit in with other co-workers. An office buddy not only has knowledge about job requirements and expectations, but he or she can also provide information about the work styles and personalities of co-workers, and give a rundown of any office politics.

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Where Would You Rather Work? "Stranger Things" Edition

Career Realism

You already know your co-workers will be cool, too. Quiz Workplace culture Workplace relationships Fun quiz Stranger things Stranger things fan page Co-workers Summer jobs Job search Stranger things quizIt's 1985 and you need a summer job. The Starcourt Mall in Hawkins is hiring. Which job will you apply for? You spend most of your free time at the new mall anyway, whether you're shopping or hanging out with friends at the food court.

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How To Stand Out At A New Job (And Fit In Too)

Career Realism

Understand The Company Culture First, take time to get to know the culture of your new company. This will give you a good feel for how adaptable (or how slow) the company culture is to change. It's important to understand the team dynamic so you don't step on anyone's toes or disrupt the culture when you first get there. The more effort you put into incorporating yourself into your new job and company culture, the quicker it will pay off. Congratulations!

2019 59

Why Political Discussions Should Be Avoided At Work

Career Realism

In these cases, what you may think of as a simple political disagreement could trigger an emotional response from a co-worker that could make things awkward for the entire workplace. It could even damage the professional relationship between you and that co-worker. You don't know enough about your co-workers backgrounds and why they think the way they think. The same goes for any co-worker you get along with or does his/her job at a high-level.

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How to Incorporate Company Culture Into Your Hiring Process


Company culture plays as important a role as any other factor of workplace prosperity. For this reason, including your culture and values in the hiring process is essential. In fact, 14 percent of hires don’t work out because of a failure to fit the company culture. Company culture can be difficult to explain to candidates who don’t yet have a feel for it. Here are a few ways to include company culture in your hiring process: Start with some research.

5 Reasons Why You Don't Have Friends At Work

Career Realism

You Got Off On The Wrong Foot With Your Co-Workers It doesn't matter if you were misinterpreted. You're Not A Cultural Fit That feels like a hard message, but it truly is not personal. Many times, when we aren't a cultural fit, we are out of step with the people we work with. If you aren't a cultural fit, you need to admit it and move on. You could appear kind of wonky and unapproachable, making it difficult for co-workers to approach you.

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ANSWERED: HR Manager Is Trash Talking Me! Who Do I Go To?

Career Realism

Workplace drama Workplace relationships Workplace culture Workplace interaction Workplace issues Embarrassing workplace situations Office Office drama Office culture Co-workers Human resources Productivity Professional etiquette Professional reputation Well this happenedIn this week's edition of Well,This Happened , the series that lets you become a career coach, we addressed Eric's difficult workplace situation.

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Why Workplace Culture Fails: Treating Symptoms Instead of the Diagnosis


It’s time to make a change, and it’s time to discuss why your workplace culture is less than okay. It’s time to make a change that will have a long lasting impact on your company’s culture, business and the lives of your employees. Fixing workplace issues and re-establishing a warm and inviting workplace culture can be difficult, but with proper attention to problems you will be on your way to diagnosis the root of the problem instead of treating symptoms.

5 Ways To Build Relationships With Colleagues

Career Realism

You might not know it, but building healthy relationships with your co-workers is an important part of having a successful career. According to this article , co-workers spend ample amounts of time together, and sometimes develop personal relationships on top of their professional ones. But how do you build relationships with co-workers to begin with? When it comes to building relationships with your co-workers, be open and honest,” said Harry.

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Finding Your Fit: Why Company Culture is More Important More Than Ever.

Ms. Career Girl

The post Finding Your Fit: Why Company Culture is More Important More Than Ever. A company’s culture should be something you research and know before making the commitment to work there. At first, the co-founder and employees agreed that the job was great, until I was able to speak to one of the women working there in private. A high salary or good benefits can seem enticing, but company culture may leave you feeling dissatisfied with your new position.

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How to Win at Office Politics

The Undercover Recruiter

Even though it doesn’t happen overnight, you can achieve a significant positive change in your ability to navigate and be successful with others at work – here’s how: 1) Stay away from manipulative co-workers: At work, there will be some co-workers who are controlling and seem to want to run over anyone who gets in their way. READ MORE: Which Type of Office Worker are You?

2013 66

Social & Workplace Influence–When the Grapevine is Good (Part I.


Conversations among co-workers happen. Whether it’s talking shop about the boss, layoff rumors after a less than satisfying quarterly earnings report, or gossip about Susie in Accounting and her supposed office extra-curriculars, conversations among co-workers are a guarantee. This concept is the basis of cultural anthropology and the concept of micro-cultures. Workplace cultures and understanding these norms are no different.

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The Antonio Brown Conundrum: How Important Is It To Fit Into The Company Culture?

Career Realism

If you're still reading this, you must be wondering, what does this have to do with workplace culture? The Importance of Company Culture via GIPHY The New England Patriots are known for having a very specific culture, dubbed by some "The Patriot Way." With six Super Bowl championships in almost 20 years, it's hard to dispute that culture. The major question now is will Brown fall in line with that culture or disrupt it.

9 Ways to Make the Wrong Impression on Your First Day

Career Realism

Your new co-workers probably aren’t ready to hear why you were let go from your previous job or that you conceived your 16-year-old son on a first date in high school. Workplace negativity is toxic and will send your new co-workers running. As the new face around the office, you’ll be invited by co-workers to lunch, coffee, happy hour, and other events outside of the office. Climbing the Ladder co-worker impression job judgemental new work wrong

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Which Colleagues Get In The Way At Work The Most?

Career Realism

We wonder why they’re still in the office, what makes them tick and whether there are reasons for their perceived bad attitude to office culture. Related: 5 Strategies To Deal With A Horrible Co-Worker. A survey of office workers across the UK found that the token obstructive co-worker was most likely to work in the HR department, something almost 18% of those polled said. Workplace Rehab: How To Get Along With Your Co-Workers.

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5 Tips to Uncover Company Culture

Career Realism

The culture of an organization is incredibly important when you are making a job switch. Have you ever taken a job thinking the company culture was “A” but it was really “X”? To clarify, an organization’s culture encompasses several elements. They accepted a job offer thinking the company culture was inline with their goals, only to discover after being in the new job 6 months to a year, that they mis-read the culture.

5 Fun Work Activities To Bring The Office Together This Summer

Career Realism

When you work in an office, you're used to seeing your co-workers every day. What team-building activities have there been to strengthen your connection and improve the workplace culture? With more sunshine and nicer weather, summer is a great time to bond with your co-workers.

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3 Signs Your Office Is Cooler Than Your Culture

Career Realism

While I’d be lying if I said these weren’t amazing perks of a cool office space, I can confidently say that if your company culture doesn’t keep up with the benefits you offer, you’re falling flat to potential candidates. Related: 5 Reasons Why Job Seekers Line Up For Your Culture. But, the company culture is what will inevitably keep them. This is what happens when potential employees see your fresh office and benefits, but find out the culture inside doesn’t match up.

2015 79

14 Ways To Research Company Culture

Career Realism

My friend and I were talking recently about how to research company culture before you start working there. In the past, we’ve both been burned by companies that looked good on the surface but eventually turned out to have a terrible culture of one sort or another. I understand when you have no job that it’s important to take what you can get, but never settle for working at a company with a poor culture (or if the culture really isn’t “wrong,” but you just don’t fit in anyway).

How To Cope With Difficult Personalities at Work

Career Trend

Well, if you’re like most of us, many of your co-workers fall somewhere in the middle of these two extremes. [.] attitude Company Culture Robert Poindexter Working With Difficult People coping at work dealing with a difficult workplace difficult colleagues workplace drama workplace politicsBy Robert P. Poindexter Do you work with fellow employees who make your skin crawl?

2012 162

Stop Shaming, Start Praising (Growing Up in a Shaming Culture)

Personal Excellence Blog

Myself, having been brought up in the Singapore education, I was exposed to a strong shaming culture where teachers were authorized (maybe even at times encouraged) to publicly humiliate and shame students. The shaming culture didn’t get worse (it couldn’t have actually; it was the worst in the primary school I came from), but it didn’t get much better either. It was only when I entered university that I stopped being exposed to a shaming culture.

2013 77

How Do I Deal With a ‘Laid-Back’ Office Setting?

JT & Dale Talk Jobs

The founder/author, Pamela Redmond Satran, offers funny yet honest advice on fitting in with a different culture. I’m not sure where you’re going with that approach, but it’s important for older workers like Annie to remember that they are outnumbered. You mentioned your co-workers as being “nonprofessional.&# If your co-workers can do the job while laughing, good for them. Dear J.T. &

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Why Team Building Should Play a Central Role in Corporate Culture

Corn on the Job

To appreciate the implications of this statement, we need to understand what is meant by Corporate Culture. Corporate culture” is in fact a microcosm of national culture: the beliefs, behavior, dress, environment, habits, traditions, and personal traits reflected either on a national level or within an enterprise or organization of whatever size. Employees make hundreds of decisions on their own every day, and culture is our guide…”.

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coworker has appointed herself the food police

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager coworker has appointed herself the food police February 16, 2011 A reader writes: Lately, several members of the office staff have been whispering about the disturbing exchange between two of my co-workers. Co-worker A is 20-something, tall and very thin. Co-worker B is 50-something, short and…well…not so thin. Co-worker A is constantly scrutinizing everything that B consumes throughout the day.

How to Personalize Your Work-Life Balance


But when we hear about flexible hours, co-working situations, and idiosyncratic weekly schedules that don’t apply to our needs, what does work-life balance mean for us? It’s important to take a moment for self-review and consider what you value in your personal and professional lives, and then contextualize that for the modern workplace culture. What works for your co-workers is not necessarily going to work for you. Career Advice work life balance workplace culture

2017 140

5 Tips For Talking To Your Boss About Stress

Career Realism

If a particular situation doesn't immediately spring to mind, take a moment to write down everything you do at work and how much time you spend on each activity, including favors you do for co-workers and responding to emails.

2021 70

3 Essential Office Etiquette Tips

Career Realism

Here are a few additional office etiquette tips to encourage positive working relationships: Be friendly and encouraging to co-workers. Your co-workers are not mind readers, so make sure you're communicating with them and your manager on a regular basis. Quite simply, proper office etiquette refers to an unwritten code employees should follow in order to be successful in the workplace. It's a set of norms widely accepted as appropriate behavior.

2019 61

How To Pitch Permanent Remote Work To Your Boss

Career Realism

Plan out how many video meetings you think you'll need to have every week with co-workers and supervisors to discuss tasks, long-term projects, and strategy. Employees around the world have gotten a taste of remote work and want more.

2021 67

Top 10 Annoying Water Cooler Topics

Evil HR Lady

Do you have annoying co-workers who spill way too many beans around the water cooler? (Or Or coffee pot, depending on your office culture.). I asked my readers for their top annoyances and comprised list of the top 10 over at Inc. Right after I published, I got another one where one of my readers confessed to being the annoying one as she complained about her husband’s parrot. To read the other 10, click here: The 10 Most Annoying Water Cooler Conversations

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