How to Work with A Difficult Teammate

No one accomplishes anything alone. No matter what you do in life, you’ll probably be working with people. It’s inevitable that you’ll clash with your teammates – but you have to learn how to deal with it. Here are a few tips.

  • Listen: If someone you work with is causing issues for you and your other co-workers, talk to him or her. And when you talk, make sure you also listen. There could be an underlying personal issue that’s really to blame. You might even be able to offer a solution that could help everyone involved.
  • Give detailed instructions: Instead of secretly being annoyed that your co-worker isn’t doing things correctly, tell her how you want things done. If she doesn’t know she’s making a mistake, she’ll never be able to correct it. This is especially true if you’ve just started working together.
  • Don’t gossip: Whatever your issue with your teammate is, don’t talk about it with other people in your office. There’s no such thing as idle gossip. By venting to someone, you might be putting him in the middle of unnecessary drama. You might also inadvertently change the dynamic of your team. When you confide only in certain people, it makes your relationship with the team as a whole unbalanced.
  • Document: If your teammate is still not rising to the occasion after being informed of his errors, start taking notes. You’ll need to be able to back yourself up if you want to switch that person to another department or project. So start observing and make sure you write any pertinent information down.  
  • Terminate: This is last on our list because it should be a last resort. But if things aren’t working out after you’ve done everything above, it’s not in anyone’s best interest to have someone stay on who 1) doesn’t get along with everyone else and 2) can’t do the job the way it needs to be done. Depending on your position, this unlucky task may fall to you or to a superior. Either way, your documentation from the tip above will come in handy.

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Written by Roselyn Sebastian 

No one accomplishes anything alone. No matter what you do in life, you’ll probably be working with people. It’s inevitable that you’ll clash with your teammates – but you have to learn how to deal with it. Here are a few tips.

  • Listen: If someone you work with is causing issues for you and your other co-workers, talk to him or her. And when you talk, make sure you also listen. There could be an underlying personal issue that’s really to blame. You might even be able to offer a solution that could help everyone involved.
  • Give detailed instructions: Instead of secretly being annoyed that your co-worker isn’t doing things correctly, tell her how you want things done. If she doesn’t know she’s making a mistake, she’ll never be able to correct it. This is especially true if you’ve just started working together.
  • Don’t gossip: Whatever your issue with your teammate is, don’t talk about it with other people in your office. There’s no such thing as idle gossip. By venting to someone, you might be putting him in the middle of unnecessary drama. You might also inadvertently change the dynamic of your team. When you confide only in certain people, it makes your relationship with the team as a whole unbalanced.
  • Document: If your teammate is still not rising to the occasion after being informed of his errors, start taking notes. You’ll need to be able to back yourself up if you want to switch that person to another department or project. So start observing and make sure you write any pertinent information down.  
  • Terminate: This is last on our list because it should be a last resort. But if things aren’t working out after you’ve done everything above, it’s not in anyone’s best interest to have someone stay on who 1) doesn’t get along with everyone else and 2) can’t do the job the way it needs to be done. Depending on your position, this unlucky task may fall to you or to a superior. Either way, your documentation from the tip above will come in handy.

Enjoyed this? Check out 7 Tech Tools to Help Manage Your Relationships!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian 

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