We each are created in our own unique way; we are as different as puppies and kittens. In the workplace it can be difficult getting different personalities to blend smoothly.

It would be great if we could always work with people whom we got along well, but as we know, that for the most part is an unrealistic expectation.

Even if you do get along most of the time, there are times and situations that we will rub each other the wrong way and one small rub can lead to a big problem.

If you are working with someone who is difficult for you to get along with you need to be very careful in how you handle the situation as it may backfire on you.  You must first examine yourself to make sure it is not you that is causing the problem.

Many times when dealing with a co-worker that is difficult to work with, we will complain to our superiors about them, looking for them to resolve the problem for us.  If that does not solve the problem we complain to other co-workers hoping to gain support so our superiors would then do something.

We need to realize if we are complaining all of the time about this difficult co-worker, “we may begin to look like the “difficult co-worker” who is unable to get along with others. This ultimately could damage your career.

If you are having problems with a co-worker and you have tried to work it out with them, have examined yourself and you know it is not you, then go to your superiors and let them know of the situation.

Tell them what you have done to try to resolve the problem (well documented) and ask them for insight and help.

No complaining, you need advice on how you might be able to handle the situation better so that you can do your expected job without this interference.  This is a professional approach, one that your superiors can respect.

You are eliciting help with the situation, not complaining about it.  Work relationships are not always easy, but you don’t want to hurt your career by not being able to handle them professionally.