Don't Let Co-Workers Hold You Back

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					?You can continue on the path of your own career success by not allowing co-workers
with problems to affect what you accomplish during a busy day.

One provider of EAP, Ceridian LifeWorks, has reported that there are multiple ways
in which co-workers inject stress into the general staff which increases tension.

Negative co-workers can abandon their workloads to you, right before an important
deadline. Their hostility can wreck the personality of a workplace and negatively
impact your productivity.

Bad co-workers can waste your time, or they can withhold vital information that also
hurts your productivity, which reflects on your career.

In "New Scientist" recently, it's been reported that nearly two hours are wasted every
day by average workers who have to answer emails and deal with colleagues who
annoy them in person or via phone.

Here are seven practical steps you can take to avoid letting your co-workers hold you
back from your workplace success

1. Be honest with yourself first. Are you guilty of being that unproductive or
unpleasant to co-workers? Stress is contagious when you, not just your co-workers,
express stressful behaviors at work. If you're the bad co-worker, take proactive steps
to stop your own bad behavior.

2. Identify and isolate bad co-workers. Identify toxic co-workers and develop a plan
to avoid those areas of the office housing bad co-workers. Don't give them the
opportunity to ruin your day.

3. Don't ignore the situation. If a co-worker is behaving badly, immediate address the
situation before it becomes a long-term instigator of stress. Politely ask a co-worker to
stop a behavior, and include a polite explanation. Example: "I'm very busy between
10 a.m. and noon, so please don't visit my desk during these hours."

4. Agree to disagree. Respectfully agree to disagree with colleagues who insist they
are right. Example: "I agree your work is important, but my deadline is my top
priority right now." Example: "I respect your perspective, but I have to return to my
desk to finish a project that is important to me."

5. Don't lose your temper. Like stress, anger is contagious, too. Practice anger
management exercises such as deep breathing to calm you when you see a stressful
co-worker approaching your desk. Or excuse yourself to take a quick, stress-busting
walk outside the building or to another floor and back again. Don't encourage bad
behavior from a co-worker by demonstrating your own bad behavior. When you do
this, you're out of control and the bad guy wins.

6. Use your emotionally intelligence. This is your power to respond intelligently to
emotional situations. If a member of your work team is a chronic procrastinator, take
steps to avoid being on that co-workers team or to assign less-taxing assignments to
the slacker. Make and keep a record of what you accomplished on a project, and,
without resorting to blaming the lazy co-worker, act positively in positively
addressing your achievements in a report to your superiors.

7. Turn a negative into a positive. If you find yourself in a workplace that condones or
even celebrates bad co-workers, don't focus on what you cannot change. Change your
future by actively looking for another position at a positive workplace. You'll be able
to write yourself a glowing list of accomplishments for your resume if you keep track
weekly of your endeavors for a project where you are partnered with a co-worker who
is unproductive. Yes, you can turn a negative into a positive and leave negative
co-workers or un-productive workers behind as you sail into your next success.


Ruth Klein is a branding, marketing, publicity and time management consultant to law
firms and business professionals ranging from solo entrepreneurs to the Fortune 500.
As an award-winning business owner with a master's degree in clinical psychology,
Klein brings her unique, results-driven insights, expertise and practical solutions to
her law firm clients. For more information, visit .