Effectively Dealing with Issues in the Workplace

Posted on: February 13th, 2013 by Ellen Ross

So you finally landed your ideal job, you are making great money, and your job is in no danger of ever being eliminated from the company. Everything is going great, until you start to have personal issues with people in the workplace. Some people can never seem to get over issues with other people and it can ultimately lead to them leaving their place of employment, but that is not the answer. Settling issues in the workplace is actually very easy as long as you keep a few tips in mind.

Tip 1: Staying out of Office Drama
It can take years to build up a trustworthy friendship with a coworker, so remember to always stay neutral. If someone is venting to you about their boss, or another coworker, try not to join in by agreeing with them. This doesn’t mean you have to disagree with them, it simply means that instead of saying “Yes, you’re right, she really is a lousy boss”, you can say something more like “That’s a shame you’re having to deal with these issues but hopefully it starts working out for you soon.”

Tip 2: Stay Neutral
No matter what issues you see going on between the people you work with, always stay neutral and remain peaceful with everyone, even if you aren’t a fan of someone in particular. This makes coming to work everyday much easier for you because you’ll never have to deal with being put in an awkward position. If anyone ever asks you if you are close with another coworker just tell them that you like to stay neutral and you get along with everyone.

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Tip 3: Get Attention the Respectable Way
Your coworker got a promotion but you want to ensure that your boss still sees how deserving you are of one and you feel the need to highlight your successful projects you’ve completed. There is nothing wrong with that as long as you don’t try to brown nose your way to the top. Agreeing with your boss and going out of your way to please him or her is okay if you are being genuine, but to really earn a promotion and the attention you seek you need to make sure it shines through in your work. Meet all your deadlines on time, or even beforehand, and make sure to realistically volunteer to assist your boss with something only when you are entirely capable of doing so. If you are worthy of a promotion, it WILL be recognized and you shouldn’t have to go out of your way to be noticed. Your work will win you the respect you deserve.

Tip 4: Remember that You Never Know Who You Might End Up Working Under Someday
That intern that you were never a fan of could very well end up being your boss someday down the road. Always treat coworkers with kindness and respect even if they don’t do the same back for you. It could mean the difference between getting a job under them someday, or having a good recommendation made about you that works out in your favor when applying for a promotion.

About the Author:
Ellen Ross+ writes on her blog Ask Away, an advice and fashion blog, where she posts about life, love, fashion, fitness, and a variety of other topics. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with her 4 Chihuahuas and works for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. You can read her blog at www.askawayblog.com.

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