Let BACON help you work with someone you don’t like!
There are almost 8 billion people in the world, we’re not going to get along with all of them. Sometimes we get stuck working with someone we don’t care for. Since our job/career takes up so much of our day, we have got to learn to work with these people. There are many reasons to not like someone. The toughest reasons are the ones that we can’t explain. Let’s see how we can make it through the day.
B – BOUNDARIES AND BODY LANGUAGE – Don’t put up with a negative attitude or unfair treatment. Communicate and establish boundaries. Keep it professional. Watch your body language so as not to antagonize the situation.
A - AVOID THEM WHEN POSSIBLE – Capitalize on opportunities to be away from them. Breaks, lunch, projects with other employees. Remind yourself that the time that you interact with them is limited.
C - CONTROL THE CONNECTION – Remember, you cannot control their actions or emotions. You can only control your actions or emotions. Don’t allow them to ruin your day and definitely don’t take that feeling home with you.
O - OFFER A SMILE – Try to be civil. You don’t have to be best friends; you don’t even have to be friend-friends. Leave it at acquaintances for now. But leave the door open, a friendship may blossom once a connection is made.
N - NOW GET ON WITH YOUR WORK – Remember the reason that you are there. It’s not to make lifelong friends (that’s a bonus). If your attempt to be friends fails, make it clear that you are there to do a job and do it. You probably already have friends at home.