We’ve all had that one coworker, you know, the one who is always causing drama, stirring up trouble, and generally making your life at work a living nightmare. If you have the misfortune of working with someone like this, it’s important to take steps to protect your mental health. Here are a few tips to help you deal with a toxic coworker.
Avoid Being in Their Presence
It may seem like an obvious one, but it’s important to avoid being around your toxic coworker as much as possible. Take a different route to the break room or coffee machine. Eat lunch at your desk. And if you have to be in a meeting with them, try to sit as far away from them as possible. The less time you spend around them, the better.
Ignore Their Provocations
Toxic coworkers often try to get a rise out of their colleagues by making provocative comments or trying to start arguments. It’s important not to take the bait. Responding to their provocation will only make the situation worse and give them the attention they’re seeking. Instead, ignore them and go about your day.
Keep A Positive Attitude
It can be difficult to maintain a positive attitude when dealing with a toxic coworker, but it’s important to try. Keeping a positive outlook will help you better deal with the situation and not let it get the best of you. So, next time your coworker tries to ruin your day, take a deep breath and remember that it’s not worth getting worked up.