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How to Deal With 6 Difficult Work Personalities

  • By Emily Co, POPSUGAR Smart Living
  • May 13, 2013


  • Debbie Downer: Every other word coming out of her mouth might be a complaint, but don't let it get you down. The worst thing to do in this situation is to commiserate with her because that will only encourage more bad-mouthing. If showering her with positivity doesn't work, try to change the topic when it comes up.
  • Backstabber: If your colleague doesn't hesitate to throw you under the bus, try not to give her anything she can work with. Limit your interactions with her and be careful with your actions and words around her. Give neutral responses and do your best to distance yourself. Pick your battles, and don't react to everything she does if they are just minor hindrances and annoyances. When you are dealing with her, try to include others or have records of your conversations by sticking to emails.

These suggestions may not always work, and sometimes, if the environment is too toxic, the best solution may be to find another job. In the meantime, always keep in mind that you should pick your battles and choose your confrontations with care.

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