Most people are no strangers to the water dispenser gossip, the total lack of personal boundaries and bullying peculiar to working in an office.
But unlike the usual stories of office rivalry, coworking can have its advantages.
You learn how to deal with people who are ‘different’
You’re really excited about your job but that has quickly been replaced by negative emotions because of cantankerous coworkers.
You feel like you can never get along with them. But above all, you feel frustrated because this chain of events is unnecessary. You want to do good work in a nontoxic atmosphere but if only the unnecessary rivalry would stop!
The big takeaway from this? Get well acquainted with the term “managing people.” Remember, you’re the driving factor.
You learn to collaborate and network
It’s true: Coworkers who behave like the smartest in the workplace, are not surprisingly, the most-liked, especially if they have the habit of rubbing it in in in other people’s faces.
And while steering clear of them and projects that might probably bring you together may seem like the right thing to do, it is not. You’ve got to understand that while they may be operating on an extreme, therein lies your opportunity to learn from their bright minds.
Do they always speak first—or longest? Do they reply to suggestions so lightening fast that it’s hard to believe they actually took the time to process them? Since you know these habits make a bad impression, pay extra attention to how you network and collaborate yourself.
You learn to be a team player
No one aspires to work with an annoying coworker. But for the most part, you’ve got to accept that sometimes, it is necessary. And there may little you can do about it, especially if they are good at their job.
True, some bosses think that as long as the work gets done, it doesn’t matter if employees are wearing smiles on their faces or at loggerheads. But it does matter to you that your team members put in grunt work and still stay positive and affable with each other.
In dealing with difficult coworkers, you learn that copping an attitude is never going to change your workload — and that’s one valuable lesson!
While co-worker relationships can be toxic, they are necessary and beneficial. Learn how to approach working situations the right way by learning all there is to learn from that annoying coworker.
What has your coworking experience been? Care to share them with us? We’re all ears!