Bo Dalton

What To Do When You Can’t Stand a Co-Worker . . . And Four Ways to Get Out of a Work Rut

Chances are you work with at least one person you don’t like very much, and you’ve probably accepted the fact that there’s not much you can do about it. But according to an article in the “Harvard Business Review”, there is.

–Instead of just putting up with them, they suggest thinking about the REASONS you don’t like them. For example: They’re lazy, they’re selfish, or they suck up to the boss all the time. Once you do that, try to figure out WHY you hate those traits.

–A lot of the time, it’s because YOU have some of those traits too, and THAT’S why you don’t like them.

–If that’s the case, and you can come to a REALIZATION about it, then tolerating the person becomes a lot easier. Plus, you learn a little bit about YOURSELF too. (–This sounds more like therapy than work, doesn’t it?)

–Anyway, if that sounds dumb to you . . . or you hate being at work for OTHER reasons . . . we’ve also got some tips from “Forbes” magazine on how to pull yourself out of a work rut. Here are the top four.

#1.) Don’t Get There at the Same Time Every Day. You probably can’t show up LATE, but try getting there early one or two days a week.

–If you always get to work at the exact same time, your days start bleeding together. But if you get there a little early every now and then, you have time to settle in and talk to people, which can also help you network.

#2.) Change Your Shoes When You Get to Work, and When You Leave. Some WOMEN do this, mainly because they don’t want to be in heels any longer than they have to. But guys should try it too.

–Wear sneakers on the way to work. Then put dress shoes on when you get there, and change back when you leave.

–According to Forbes, it makes some people wake up and feel more alert. And putting comfortable shoes on at the end of the day automatically helps you relax.

#3.) Change Your Chair. It doesn’t have to be permanent. Just try it for half a day to change things up.

–Some people even like sitting on those big, rubber exercise balls for an hour or two a day, which you can also use to work out your abs if you’re feeling extra motivated.

#4.) Change the Lighting. If you don’t have a desk lamp, bring one in. Or if you do have one, try a bulb with a different wattage. Even a slight change like that can make a difference when you’re not happy at work.

(Harvard Business Review / Forbes)

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