By: Lauren Harlow — Contributor
We all know how great it is to have friends at work. In fact, I’ve met several of my best friends on the job. But what happens when there’s someone (or a few someones) you just don’t get along with? Our jobs are stressful enough without unnecessary drama. Here are a few tips on dealing with drama at work.
Keep it to yourself.
…At least during the workday. Don’t vent while at work, even if you think no one can hear you. Chat with your friends during happy hour, call your mom on the way home, just don’t talk about the people you work with while you’re there. Of course, if the issue is interfering with your work, bring it up to your human resources department.
Try to adopt a better attitude.
A happy face goes a long way. Studies have shown that even if you aren’t in a good mood, smiling and acting happy can actually improve your mood! Be cheerful to your co-workers and everyone will feel a little better.
Put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
People don’t always let you in on their personal lives, especially in a professional environment. If you feel slighted by a co-worker, try to remember that everyone has their own problems, and don’t take it personally.
Leave it at the door.
When I worked as an event planner, I couldn’t let outside issues get in the way of executing an event. Focus on the activities of your day, and don’t let the drama get the best of you.
Don’t be afraid to speak up.
If the issue does escalate (harassment, hostile work environment), report the behavior to your supervisor or HR department. No one should feel uncomfortable in their workplace, and that’s why human resources departments are so valuable.
Our jobs get stressful, but if you can keep a cool head and not get involved in the drama, you’ll feel better and work more efficiently.
Lauren is an account coordinator at a small agency in Memphis, Tennessee. She previously worked as an events specialist for a large casino, planning everything from shows to large-scale tournaments. In her spare time, Lauren loves traveling, being with friends and family, and trying all the new restaurants in the city.