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How to Deal with Difficult Colleagues

Some people operate on a dog eat dog basis. They don’t seem to be able to help themselves. And that can be really difficult for most of us to work with.

When a combination of people with different backgrounds, life experiences and personalities are thrown together in a workplace, it’s logical that relationships between people are not always going to be plain sailing. If there are colleagues you find particularly difficult to work with, it’s useful to have some strategies for dealing with them.  For example, office bullies.


Confronting bullies

Sometimes bullying behaviour does happen in the workplace, and it’s important to identify and deal with it. People don’t realise how their behaviour comes across sometimes so, give colleagues an opportunity to amend their behaviour first.

Don’t let difficult colleagues in the workplace get to you. Being ready with an approach to deal with them gives you control in the situation and helps you create a more positive day-to-day working environment.

There are other strategies for dealing with difficult colleagues in our FREE handbook.  Situations like:

  • Working with micro managers
  • Managing differences in communication styles
  • Response to rudeness
  • Dealing with people with a passive-aggressive attitude

These tips and many, many more can be found in our new FREE e-book, The PA/EA’s Helpful Handbook.

For around 30 years, CountryPlace Conference Centre, in Melbourne’s beautiful Dandenong Ranges, has been working closely with PA/EA’s to run successful business events. This experience has enabled us to provide a useful handbook of ideas, great articles and tips on how to effectively manage your time, plan your day, look after yourself and organise meetings. That’s why we have produced a FREE e-book to help.

Our Helpful Handbook for PA/EA’s has lots more on workplace wellbeing including lifting your performance, motivation, mental health, and more. The handbook also offers advice on diary management, personal styling, time management considerations, understanding dietary complexities, PA networking, dealing with difficult colleagues at work and lots, lots more. Here’s some of the topics:

  • Tips on diary management
  • Time management considerations
  • Wellbeing in the workplace (including yours)
  • Personal styling and presentation
  • Five useful productivity tools
  • Tips for minute taking
  • Dealing with difficult colleagues
  • Handling dietary complexities
  • PA networking
  • Useful seating arrangements for meetings
  • 6 scientifically backed ways to de-stress the conference planner


About CountryPlace

CountryPlace is an Australian family owned and operated venue located in the stunning Dandenong Ranges. Here we specialise in residential:

  • corporate conferences
  • workshops
  • training
  • special weekend events (e.g. yoga retreats).


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