HomeProfessional Relationship QuestionsHow do you handle difficult conversations with coworkers?
Rila Thomas Staff asked 5 months ago
I have a co-worker that can be difficult to talk to. We've butted heads in the past and it's led to some pretty tense conversations. However, I've found that the best way to handle difficult conversations is to be as direct as possible. I try to avoid getting emotional and instead focus on staying calm and level-headed. But sometimes, this co-worker gets on my nerves. He's got longer tenure than I do so I'm not sure I have any leverage. Should I resign?
1 Answers
Roy Murray answered 5 months ago
There are a few different strategies you can do to handle difficult conversations with coworkers. First, being direct is often the best approach. This can involve communicating clearly and respectfully while also staying calm and level-headed. If the conversation starts to get emotional, it may be best to take a break and revisit the discussion at another time. Another strategy is to try and understand where the other person is coming from. This can help you empathize with their perspective and see the situation from their point of view. It's also important to remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, even if it's different from yours. If you feel like the situation is not improving or that your co-worker is being unreasonable, it may be helpful to seek outside support. This could involve talking with a supervisor or manager about the situation or seeking advice from a trusted friend or colleague. Ultimately, the goal is to maintain a positive working relationship with your co-worker, even if you don't always agree.​