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Dealing With Difficult People

People are human, and humans are known for their unusual and difficult behavior. And sometimes you will find that in your job you may have to deal with difficult people. If you have an employee who is difficult, you can either transfer him to another department, or take the time necessary to help him become a happy, healthy, and productive person. While the first option may sound tempting, you should opt for finding ways to modify and reshape his behavior. It may seem like an insurmountable task, but when it is successfully completed you will feel a sense of accomplishment like never before, and your employee will have benefited immensely.

  • Take some time to determine what is causing his difficult behavior. Is he having family problems at home that are following him to the office? Or are there other issues at work that need to be resolved? Communication is a crucial factor in helping you deal with and help change difficult people.

  • Talk to your employee about his attitude and try to figure out what the problem is. Once your employee is aware that you have noticed his bad attitude, he may try to curb it. Oftentimes, people are not aware of their actions or apparent attitudes until someone else points them out.

  • As the boss, you are a teacher and a role model. While you may want to avoid point-blank comments and seemingly patronizing statements, you definitely want to have an influence on all your employees. Take the time to brainstorm about effective ways to educate and mold a problematic employee. Different situations may call for different approaches.

  • Avoid, at all costs, being patronizing and condescending. People are often not willing to reflect upon what is expressed to them negatively, and may not react in a positive way when they feel they are being criticized.

  • Be sympathetic. Let your employee know that you are concerned, while asserting that a bad attitude is unacceptable, and can be changed. People respond better to situations and problems when they don't feel so alone and misunderstood.

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