There are certain types of difficult behaviors and attitudes that occur in the workplace. Below, we have outlined the most common personalities that employers encounter in the workplace and how to approach their behavior.
Type 1: This employee has a tendency to quickly point out errors, bad results, or mistakes. As a result, this employee tends to come across as condescending to other employees and undermine innovation and morale.
Approach: This employee has critical thinking skills that need to be put to good use. Challenge this employee to improve upon others’ ideas, rather than discounting the ideas completely. Coach this employee to help make his/her presentation and style more palatable, but still offer constructive suggestions that lead to improvements.
Type 2: This employee’s personal life tends to disrupt their work life. This employee may overshare and make other employees feel uncomfortable.
Approach: Consider the oversharing may reflect underlying medical issues. Avoid harassment and miscommunication. Highlight the organization's employee assistance program or other resources that may be offered.
Regardless of the personality type, here are five (5) tips to better manage difficult personalities in the workplace:
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