Hi Readers, so this post is not about anyone in particular because all of the people I work with are amazing! I was reading an article and the idea just popped into my head, because how do you deal with rude coworkers? Honestly, I really dislike rude people. Even if they aren’t trying to be rude and come off as rude, I am still not a fan. Just follow the Mother’s Golden Rule of “If you don’t have something nice to say, say nothing at all.” If more people would do this, there would be a lot less drama in the world. Until then, here are some tips on dealing with rude coworkers.
- Breathe. Unfortunately some people are naturally rude. Whenever they speak, it will come off the wrong way. It’s all about their tone – which unless they change themselves, nothing will change. However if you know someone like this and don’t know whether they are being rude or not, just breathe. Hard working people don’t have the time for attitude, END OF STORY.
- Move on. I’m not going to lie, this tip is hard. Some people truly don’t care and this is easy for them, but for others it’s not. If you work in PR, a lot of what we do is about perception and you don’t want to be perceived as hurt – ESPECIALLY in an office setting. So take a deep breath, go grab a diet coke and take your mind off of it.
- Talk to HR. If you notice this person is being inexplicably rude to you all the time for no reason and is causing other people problems in the office, it’s time to go to HR. You can always file a complaint anonymously, and sometimes you can only do so much. If you don’t feel like going to HR and would rather deal with them directly, do not do it in front of everyone else and remain calm. If you get angry and they get defensive, who knows what can happen? (You could get fired for starting a fight…)
- Stay positive. I have dealt with many people in the past who don’t care what other people think and are naturally rude. When you are in an office setting, it’s hard to focus on things when someone is always bringing you down. My best advice is to always stay positive. Listen to some upbeat music, take a stroll on your lunch break or eat a cupcake. Do whatever will make you feel better and forget about the jerk who said a rude comment towards you. They should know better by now, but you just have to be the bigger person.
Rude people will always inhabit the earth. It’s a factor of life we all just have to deal with, but if you stay focused and positive it’ll all work out in the end. And if you ever get hurt by a rude coworker, there’s always happy hour or retail therapy…
(I suggest both if the person is really a jerk).