By | Gili Malinsky | www.cnbc.com
The workplace presents many a challenge. While deadlines and daily assignments themselves can be stressful, sometimes it’s actually the context that makes work harder. An overwhelming majority, 85% of workers say they experience some degree of conflict at work, according to a 2008 survey of 5,000 full-time employees in nine countries by organizational psychology company CPP, Inc.
Conflict at work can look a lot of different ways, but when it comes to conflict with colleagues, interpersonal and workflow problems often arise. While these can vary and be very nuanced, “I think work styles and communication styles are probably at the root of most folks’ tension in working together,” says Carolyn Kleiman, career expert at ResumeBuilder.com.
Depending on the situation, here are a few ways experts recommend dealing with a difficult co-worker.
Take a step back and assess
Before making any moves with your colleague, try to take a step back and figure out what the problem is, specifically.
“Is it that we are constantly working on projects together and they will wait to the last minute and I like to get things done well in advance?” says Kleiman. Do they not respond to your emails or Slack messages? Do they shoot down your ideas in meetings?