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Colleagues we hate

You probably spend more time with them than with your spouse or kids, so what do you do if you’re stuck with one of these “most annoying” colleagues? Read Kipp’s tips.

August 9, 2010 3:39 by


Yes, there’s another kind of “taking aside.” Corner a backstabber quietly when they least expect it, and point out that you know their game. There’s a reason they do it behind your back, and that’s because they’re cowardly. Face them head on and you’ll make your point, and they’ll be scared stiff.


Yep. Squeal. Like a great big piggy. Speak to HR or your line manager. Stay rational, calm and unemotional so that they’ll take your complaint seriously. If it is a major complaint, be sure you can back up your claims. If it’s an embarrassing issue, like personal hygiene or noisy eating, it might be nice to make it HR’s problem. If you work in HR? Sorry, that’s just your job.


Some problems can’t be solved. If you’re dealing with a boss’s pet for instance, you are relatively powerless. You’re either going to have to tolerate that boss’s fave (who the boss won’t hear a bad word about) or get out of Dodge. So you’ll either be expending energy on a job hunt or on concentrating on what you like about the job.

Either way, good luck.

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