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5 Simple and Genius Tips for Working with People You Don’t Like

By Team Rayon Updated: February 4, 2021 at 1:23 pm 8 Comment

While it would be amazing if we all got to always work with people who we like and admire, sometimes we have to work with people who we might not necessarily like. You might disagree with them on their view, for instance, on things like work-life balance, fashion choices, or nepotism in the workplace, but you have to be professional and attempt to get along with them for the sake of your work otherwise your boss will get mad at you for hating on his favourite selfie partner. Here are some simple tips that will help you get along with even the most annoying people who you dislike (because, like it or not, they’re a part of your team now)…

Identify what’s the problem

Now that you know you have to work with this person who you don’t like, it’s best to spend some time thinking about what exactly your problem is with them. Is it the fact that you felt they excluded you from their elite group of friends and that led you to lose out on many career opportunities? Or is it because they’re loud and obnoxious? Identifying the issue can help you figure out a way to coexist and work together to keep bossman and his cronies happy.

If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything

The temptation to call them all sorts of name on Twitter will always be there. But keep in mind that you’re working on the same team now. If you say something harmful about them, it will indirectly harm the cause you’re supporting too. Always follow the principle of not saying anything, if you don’t have anything nice to say. Give your phone to a secretary or hide it under a pillow till the urge to abuse and troll them on Twitter goes away.

Pick your battles

Sure, the person you don’t like might be an elitist prick with bad taste, but you’re now going to be dealing with them on a daily basis. You’ll probably even run into them at your boss’ annual ‘Kiss the Fuhrer’s Ass’ gala. Remind yourself that not every aggravation is worth fighting about. If you keep focusing on each and every small thing, then you won’t be able to deliver on your goals and that would start affecting your performance at work.

Establish boundaries

Just because you have to work with them doesn’t mean your differences will disappear overnight. In order to facilitate optimum working conditions, it’s best to talk about boundaries with them and establish them firmly in place. For instance, you can agree to not talk about each other on social media, or tell your boss that you draw the line at appearing together in a selfie with him even though you agree with him that it would most definitely break the Internet.

Accept that you won’t get along

Too much stuff has been said and done already. You know, the whole world knows, that you’re never going to see eye to eye on anything, even though you’re both cut out of the same opportunistic and neo-Nazi fabric as any garden variety fascist cheerleader. Accepting the fact that you’re never gong to get along with everybody, including them, will help you avoid any unnecessary emotional trauma and help you keep your focus on work and spreading the message of hate and discord all around.