Dealing With Difficult Co-Workers
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 5 No. 1 (2004): Vol-5-Issue-1-January-2004
He’s the colleague who is always late to work and never meets a deadline. He’s always apologetic and
ready with an excuse and promises this is really the last time he’ll ask for a favor. You’ve been the nice
guy, even covering up for him, but now you’re sick of it.
Or it might be the coworker who takes credit for work you did, steals your ideas and talks about you to
others. A master of double-talk and double-dealing, she’ll deny everything and try to convince you—and
others—that you’re the crazy one. You’re so angry and obsessed with her behavior, sometimes you
wonder if you are going crazy.
Until recently, focus has been on how to manage the difficult boss or managing employees. The issue
of problem coworkers has received less attention, yet in one study, 80% of people reported that a
single coworker contributed significant stress to their work day.