For people working in an office, dealing with people day in and day out can be a frustrating process. No one is in a great mood all of the time every day of the week, and even the best-tempered co-workers occasionally have issues that can often get in the way of a positive work environment. Knowing how best to deal with drama in a positive and proactive way is essential to a healthy workplace for your co-workers and yourself, and these tips can help show you how.
Re-Invent your Work Relationships
A lot of people mistakenly treat their coworkers like family members or friends outside of the office environment. While this can be a positive way to deal with a bunch of competing, various personalities, it can also lead to problems down the road. Your coworkers are your coworkers when in the office. If you bring personal problems or emotional issues to work, it's likely to negatively impact your job environment, which can damage your professional relationships. Try to separate your work relationships from the relationships you maintain outside of the office, even if some of the same people are involved, and keep things as professional at work as possible.
Learn to Identify Potential Issues
This process doesn't start with your coworkers, it starts with you. Are you having a bad day? Are things tough at home at the moment? By identifying the things that you may be bringing to work with you, you can learn to separate those root causes from your office environment. If you can distance yourself from any emotional baggage that you may experience in your personal life, you can maintain and established a positive atmosphere at work. This enables you to be more approachable to your co-workers and often gives you a much more positive outlook when at your office.
Recognize the Different Personalities at Work
Everyone's personality is slightly different than the personalities of their coworkers. Often these differing personalities are able to work together and make great strides towards team dynamics and accomplishments. Unfortunately, these differing (and often competing) personalities can also conflict with each other. By knowing your own nature and identifying the personalities of your co-workers, you can head a lot of potential conflicts off at the pass and keep them from becoming real issues later on.
Develop and Maintain a Positive Sense of Humor
While humor often seems out of place in the workplace, developing a healthy sense of humor is an excellent way to combat stressful situations that can often lead to conflicts between varying personalities. Instead of allowing stress to get the best of you, sometimes smiling and rolling with the punches in a humorous yet productive way can remove a lot of the burden off of both you and your coworkers.
Set Goals and Identify Areas for Improvement
At the end of the day, the only person you have any control over is yourself. You can't inform your coworkers how they need to change in order to be a better fit with your personality. All you can do is identify any lingering issues that you may have in relation to your work environment and resolve to make positive changes. This doesn't mean that you have to hide your own personality away and pretend to be someone else. It does, however, mean that you have to learn to recognize areas in how you deal with things that could use some work and then take the necessary steps to bring those changes about.
While there may always be some people at the office that you can't see eye to eye with, there are ways to make the office environment more enjoyable for you and for the people that you work with. Take a good look at your environment and the changes you could make for the better. Identifying these areas of improvement is a lot more complicated than putting small changes into place. A happy workplace is a productive one, and the more comfortable you are in your skin, the more likely it is that people will be comfortable working with you. Everyone has individual skills and talents, and bringing these personalities together in a productive and meaningful way is one way to make the office a better, happier and more productive place to work for everyone.