How To: Handle Coworker Drama

  • Don’t gossip. The best way to handle coworker drama is to prevent it altogether. Stay on friendly terms with all of your coworkers, if possible. Resist the urge to badmouth a coworker, no matter how awful he or she might be. Word can travel fast in an office and the last thing you want is for this coworker to find out what you have said about him/her, no matter how truthful or warranted.
  • Be direct. If you do encounter an issue with a particular coworker, speak to him/her directly. If you feel like you’re being mistreated, there is nothing wrong with addressing the issue head-on. Just make sure to be polite and respectful while still remaining firm. You want to let them know that their behavior is unacceptable – but you don’t want to escalate the drama by badmouthing them behind their back.
  • Move on. Don’t let previous spats with coworkers carry into your current interactions with them. It can be hard not to let past disagreements affect your working relationship with a coworker, but try to bury the hatchet and let go. The last thing you want is an all-out feud with someone you have to see on a regular basis.
  • Be professional. Don’t let drama in the office distract you from your work. You’re there for a reason and that should remain your primary focus. If you’re paired with someone that you dislike, it’s important to keep your eyes on the goal and not let petty disagreements get in the way of producing your best quality work.
  • Tell your boss. If the problem persists or is damaging your career, don’t be afraid to speak up and let your supervisor know about the situation. If you’re going to have this conversation, it’s best to be prepared with specific details about the situation and how it is effecting your ability to work.

For more information on how to handle coworker conflicts, check out this article on avoiding work drama on Clutch Online Magazine.

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5 thoughts on “How To: Handle Coworker Drama

  1. Very true about gossiping. It reflects more on you than it does on the person you are gossiping about!
    Although I’m sure more people have a ‘work bestie’ they can occasionally vent to – surely that doesn’t count as gossiping πŸ˜‰

    • I agree about the work bestie – one of my real life best friends is someone I met at work, when we were both interns together. I think it’s totally fine (and natural) to vent once in a while, as long as it is with someone that you can trust.

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