Dealing With People At Work – Help: a snake is working for me
Published on August 22, 2016
published on August 22, 2016

ThePeopleAlchemist Edit: Change And Transformation, Business & Lifestyle Experimentation for TheWomanAlchemist – Help: a snake is working for me



Dealing with people at work can be one of the most challenging things, especially as a people manager. And some people are more difficult than others.




For example, we all know that person that is amenable to your face but actively works to thwart you behind your back, and sometimes you don’t realise until it is far too late and the damage has been done.

In a work environment, this can be highly corrosive ( well, in any environment, really).

It is easy to rationalise and say that this person has a level of insecurity about their skills and abilities. It is easier for them to bring everybody down rather than elevate themselves and cause quite some damage in the meantime.

This is one of those difficult conversations and one of the few that should be in public. Be firm, polite, non-confrontational, and professional but highlight the fact you are surprised that there has been a change from your previous discussion/s and ask why and what has changed. Keep the conversation factual, e.g., figures, dates and times etc.

This tactic is about calling out that you know the behaviour and making their power ( being quietly subversive) less real. Remember, though; it is never personal. It is always about behaviour.


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Laura Mariani

Laura Mariani

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