We all know about office drama, so I thought I would share some tips I have come up with to help deal with it.
Be the bigger person
It is so easy to give them exactly what they are giving you. However, in the end, this doesn’t make you any better than them. By being the bigger person, you come over as more professional and mature. This kind of catty behaviour should be left in high school where it belongs.
Try and keep it between you and them
By dealing with the colleague directly, you are able to contain the situation and deal with it as adults. Small, petty disputes don’t need to involve bosses as they tend to be busy and don’t have time to deal with them. However, there are times where it is safer to go through HR or the bosses and don’t feel afraid to do so. It is not tittle telling if you take a situation to the bosses because you don’t feel safe or your job is being put in jeopardy.
Keep scrupulous records
Be ANAL about your records when it comes to that particular colleague. Don’t rely on things staying in email lists. Physical evidence cannot be deleted or mysteriously lost. I print everything I need to and write it down in my record notebook. Alternatively, take pictures of the evidence and save them to your phone (so long as it doesn’t contain confidential information).
Never let them see you upset
This was a mistake I have made in the past and have learnt from it. Never let them see they have gotten to you. Cool, calm and collected should be your default. Then go home and scream the walls down if you need to. Letting them see you upset means they win. They are trying to make you unhappy and if you show no response, they will give up after a while. Humans tend to get bored if they don’t get the response they want.
Maintain your maturity and professionalism
By doing this, you look to be the easier, more professional employee and in turn makes them look petty and immature. Bosses don’t like petty and immature. Ignoring the snide and back handed comments keeps you on the higher ground. Don’t stoop to their level and you will be hundreds!!!
Have you had to deal with office drama and unprofessional colleagues? Do you have any further tips to add to the list?
I hope these tips can help you avoid office drama and keep your working environment healthy and enjoyable.
Until next time…