We spend half of our waking hours at work—and many more than that for some of us. In doing so, we put up with a lot of things that are outside of our control, things like long commutes, aching backs, and fluorescent lighting.
But while some things are out of our control, there are many more that we have influence over. One of these things is how we deal with toxic co-workers.
These men and women who do more than just steal your stapler and eat your lunch from the company fridge—these are people with something inside of them that compels them to hurt those they come into contact with. They’re the bullies, the rage-filled, and the deeply jealous. Their actions and attitudes can spread distrust and tension throughout an organization.
Fortunately, there are ways in which you can deal with this.
Taking action isn’t an easy path, and while it doesn’t always end well, but it is always worth a try—no one should have to spend half of their life being upset, bullied, or dehumanized. The health problems that can stem from a negative workplace environment are many. And in the face of such toxicity, our own reactions are often less than noble.
Fortunately, there are plenty of methods you can use to deal with these people the right way. You don’t need to throw their own tactics back at them—take a look at these 7 ways to deal with toxic co-workers, and you’ll be equipped to peacefully regain control of your own workplace happiness.