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5 Tips for Handling a Difficult Situation with a Colleague

Workplace environments can be difficult to navigate sometimes, particularly if you are experiencing challenges in the form of a colleague or manager. We've put together some tips to help you handle the situation professionally. 

1) Different Strokes
Difficulties with colleagues can sometimes be the result of a personality clash or different working styles. If this is the case, try to find the middle ground.

2) Friend Zone
Discuss the problem with a co-worker you can trust. Have they had similar issues? If so, how did they approach the situation? Hearing another perspective can help you see things clearly. 

3) Face to Face
Ask your colleague to meet with you to speak about what is happening. Try to keep the dialogue neutral – they may not realise how their behaviour is affecting you.

4) Documentation
Keep a thorough record of every incident - including the date, time and how their behaviour impacted your work. Is there a pattern?

5) Follow Protocol
If the problem persists, it could be time to discuss the issue with your company’s Human Resources team or with your Manager to find the best solution.
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