Read the text and fill the gaps with the correct sentences A-H. Write the letter of the missing sentence in the box in the gap. There are two extra sentences you will not need.
Dealing with difficult people at work
No workplace comes without its share of difficult people. How difficult a person is for you to deal with depends on your self-esteem, self-confidence and professional courage. Dealing with difficult people is easier when the person is just generally obnoxious or when the behaviour affects more than one person. Dealing with difficult people is much tougher when they are attacking you or undermining your professional contribution.
Difficult people come in every conceivable variety. 1. Others must always have the last word. Some co-workers fail to keep commitments. Others criticize anything that they did not create. Difficult co-workers compete with you for power, privilege and the spotlight; some go too far in courting the boss’s positive opinion – to your diminishment.
Some co-workers attempt to undermine you and you constantly feel as if you need to watch your back. Your boss plays favourite and the favoured party lords it over you; people form cliques and leave you out. Difficult people and situations exist in every work place. 2. You must address them. No matter the type of difficult situation in which you find yourself, dealing with difficult people or situations is a must.
Initially, people go into shock when they are treated unprofessionally. Once you are fully aware of what is happening, deciding to live with the situation long term is not an option. You become so angry and feel so much pain that your efforts to address the situation become irrational. 3.
Constant complaining about the co-worker or situation can quickly earn you the title of whiner or complainer. Managers wonder why you are unable to solve your own problems – even if the manager’s tolerance or encouragement of the situation is part of the problem.
Most importantly, if you are embroiled in a constant conflict at work, you may not only get blamed for being ‘unable to handle the situation like a mature professional.’ You may even end up being branded as a ‘difficult’ person yourself. 4.
Finally, if the situation continues to deteriorate over time, the organization and your boss may tire of you. The boss may decide you are a ‘high maintenance’ employee, easily replaced with a more professional or cooperative person. 5. However unfair, this sometimes is the reality.
I’ve experienced workplaces in which all sorts of dysfunctional approaches to dealing with a difficult co-worker have been tried. Putting an anonymous note in the person’s mailbox is not an option. 6. So, it’s advisable to look at more productive ways to address your difficult co-worker.
|A||As a consequence you could lose your job.|
|B||Otherwise, you risk becoming the problem maker in the eyes of your colleague.|
|C||It’s far better to address the difficult person while you can maintain some objectivity and emotional control.|
|D||Be pleasant and agreeable as you talk with the other person.|
|E||This label is hard to escape and can have devastating consequences for your career.|
|F||Some talk constantly and never listen.|
|G||They have one thing in common.|
|H||Confronting the bully publicly can often lead to disaster.|
Answers: f, g, c, e, a, h