16 May It’s Business, Not Personal
Remember: It’s Business, Not Personal
We spend a lot of time with the people we work with. Some people you’ll like, and others you won’t.
You don’t choose your work family, but you’ve been put together to do a job. When different personalities, temperaments and working styles come together- there are bound to be clashes.
However, at the end of the day you have to remember: it’s business, not personal. This is so crucial to remind yourself every day, like I had to when I first started working in corporate America.
Here are my top tips for working with challenging co-workers and getting the job done, despite conflict:
- Accept people for who they are. You can’t change people easily, and you shouldn’t waste time and energy trying to. Accept what you can’t change and find solutions elsewhere.
- Don’t act on emotions. This one is crucial. Nothing is going to get solved when everyone is upset and heated. Let things cool off, leave the room, take a walk – and then address the problem once everyone has had some room to breathe.
- Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. We’re all human even if you can’t see the opposing view at all. Try to see things from their perspective. Are they going through a divorce? Money problems or other concerns? Empathy can go a long way.
There are ways to deal with difficult coworkers and get the job done! Just remember – it’s business not personal. Treat every challenging moment as a lesson to learn and grow from it, this will help you in the long run.