Recently, I began working part time as the Director of Marketing for JCAP Private Lending in Newport Beach. I met Bob, the CEO, when I first moved to Orange County. He was hiring for an assistant position and, since I needed a job ASAP, I applied, even though I have no knowledge of finance whatsoever. Although I ended up accepting an offer from a digital marketing agency instead, Bob and I still kept in touch. Now, he has hired me as an independent contractor.
Once in a blue moon, you have to work with the worst person ever. They’re negative, they radiate bad energy, and they’re just an all around ass head. So how do you handle a difficult coworker? Do you confront them with middle fingers blazing and demand a brawl in the parking lot? Do you quit your job and drive until you see the ocean? Maybe. But let’s come up with some better ideas.
Luckily, millennials are changing the workplace and it’s no longer OK for coworkers to be unhappy in their environment. These days, employee satisfaction is non-negotiable so your situation is no longer set in stone. So, if you find yourself dealing with a difficult coworker, this is what you do:
Have you ever caught yourself in a lie? You don’t know why those words are coming out of your mouth but you can’t help but speak them. They’re like word vomit, all chunky and sour-tasting. Ok, that was gross, but true and you know it.
Lately, I’ve been lying A LOT. Not to other people, but to myself. I say things like “I don’t need anyone, I can do this all by myself. Boss bitches like me don’t need help.” But the sad truth is, I do need help. I need help with my business, I need friends by my side, and I need family supporting my dreams.