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Dealing with the oddballs in the office

09 September 2015, 10:37 Anne Muigai

If you have colleagues at work, there's a minimal chance you all get along effortlessly all the time. No matter where you work and your field, I can guarantee that you often find yourself looking at certain, if not all co-workers and wonder what planet they come from! Often, as bizarre as some colleagues are, we become tolerant. But there are those you’ll probably feel you cannot entirely stand.

I have encountered co-workers that do not seem to differentiate work and a circus. I can almost bet that one of these obnoxious characters has probably just parked themselves in your workspace to talk your ear off about their latest crush, their incoherent life story or even their odd opinions about the casting of a particular infamous movie. Some always feel that they know better about every topic than you do. They will always cut you short when you talk just to show you that they have done better and achieved more than you or everyone else. The type I feel I cannot stand is the lot with sticky fingers. Particular workmates find it hard not to take your stuff; work diary, notebook or even pens.

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Like me, you'll probably get annoyed with them at some point. It is not once that I have looked at a co-worker and wondered how they found their way to the company. And sometimes it is not just about the physical mannerisms but also their reasoning. But just because certain workmates are annoying doesn’t mean you can avoid them. In fact, someone said that if you leave your current job in hopes of having "regular" co-workers at your next, you're setting yourself up for disappointment. The oddballs will always be there, wherever you work, whatever industry and size of the company.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make your office stay easier. Try to understand your colleagues and their faults. We are all imperfect. You can also attempt to tell them to rectify their odd behaviors. Here, workplace experts advise that it is wise to use humor so that you do not appear haughty. A joke about annoying mannerisms will ensure they get the point. Don’t be shocked when they don’t, keep trying. What I tend to use and has worked for me throughout my short career life is staying positive. Nothing and no one can beat that. If you have a positive frame of mind, you will take things in a buoyant way.

If nothing seems to change, remain positive. After all, annoying coworkers add some drama to an otherwise quiet and boring workplace.

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