Challenged by coworker's personality
February 9, 2012 7:17 PM Subscribe
How to keep perspective about a coworker that I dislike, and maintain focus on work?
posted by LeeNicholson to Human Relations (20 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
The woman with whom I share my office is someone I find difficult to be around. She insists on talking about social and political issues and even though I had made it clear that I am not interested in discussing those matters at work I am with earshot of her conversations with others. She self-identifies as a "conservative" and listens to talk radio (earbuds) and reads conservative blogs at work. She considers herself a Christian. Just today I overheard her conversation with another employee wherein she offered her opinion on bumper stickers. Regarding "Hatred Is Not A Family Value", she insisted that the statement makes no sense. Regarding "Tolerance" made of letters representing different religions and beliefs, she said "Don't get me started... I hate that bumper sticker".
Additionally, the woman is a busybody and gossip. I have heard her speculate about the private lives of other employees - I imagine she does the same about me.
And, finally, she adamantly makes her opinions known when technical questions arise at work when it is clear (to me at last) that she does not understand the breadth of the issue at hand. I will admit that I hold not respect for her technical opinions as a result. She has been with the company 6 years - I have been here 1 year.
Venting here, perhaps. Recommendations and insights welcomed.