We all know that one difficult employee can make life difficult for everyone. I never really understand how those hard=to-get-along with people get hired in the first place.
I wish there was a way one can make them breathe on a device that can detect their mean attitude. I guess that device is a long way coming. Until then, there are some ways to handle them.
If you are asking yourself how to deal with difficult employees, I have a few suggestions:
1- Do not let them get under your skin. You are in the workplace to work and get things done. There is no need to spend your time worrying about the wrong attitude. When a person say something mean or refuse to cooperate, keep pressing on.
2- Feed their ego. This is the best advice you’ll ever get on this subject. Mean people are mean people. It has nothing to do with you. They are mean at home and at work. Such people often suffer from low self-esteem. Your job is to give them lots of kudos to make them feel good.
3- Make them feel their ideas are important to you. That is right! The moment you seek their advice, they feel a sense of contribution. Everyone wants to contribute one way or another. Say, “Can I get your advice on this?” That one simple sentence can turn any mean person into a polite one.
I know what I just shared with you is very basic and simple. You are right. But don’t let simplicity get in your way. Starting from right now, start apply the three simple ideas I shared with you and you will see a huge difference in the way people relate to you.