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Susan M. Heathfield

Coworker From Hell?

By December 21, 2013

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Have you ever had to put up with a coworker from hell? Please share your experience with your coworker from hell.

No matter what you do, you're always wrong. Your approach to customers or projects is thoughtless and mismanaged. You lie; you cheat; you make excuses for your errors and incorrectly perform assignments. You're incompetent and uncaring. The criticism from this coworker can really wear you down - especially if the coworker has the trusting ear of people who matter.

We talk regularly about the importance of building effective relationships with coworkers to enhance your employee relationships with customers and clients. But, sometimes, no matter what you try, you find that you have a coworker from hell. Nothing that you do, say, or report to others has any significant impact on their behavior, except in passing.

But, when you look back at your work life, the significant impact of your coworker from hell on your life, your family, your self esteem, and your job success and appreciation cannot be overemphasized. A coworker from hell can suck the life right out of you, if you allow it.

Readers are sharing their stories about their coworkers from hell and what they did about them. Check out the reader stories about their coworkers from hell.

Why don't you tell us about your coworker from hell.

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February 27, 2010 at 4:43 pm
(1) Hind says:

Work will always have people from ‘Hell” this is life. My best approach was (ignorance), we have a say that “ignorance is 2/3 of wisdom”. I always tried for 3 times to be nice with difficult coworkers but if it doesnt work, I just keep doing my work without paying attention to whatever they do. Be very cool, they are poor sometime coming from different and unhealthy background.

December 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm
(2) Majorshadow says:

Song “Stand” a song about facing adversity.
Hear it @ URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3MxZcls24o

February 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm
(3) cplhuynh says:

My co worker was having pneumonia and her doctor told her it’s contagious. Guess what, she still went to work and told everybody around her cubicle about it (including me). I did slightly suggested her to go home to work from home. To make it worse, it was the day we had a team lunch and she was sitting next to me. It was extremely uncomfortable.

September 27, 2011 at 7:36 am
(4) Amanda Gril says:

Does this mean you consider co-workers who steal as a co-worker from hell? I guess it would be hard to work where others are looking to steal your stuff.

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