How to Deal with a Bossy Coworker
All the fingers of our hands are not the same but we need them all to form a fist. Similarly, everyone in your workplace is different from each other on an elementary level. Some of them might have a difficult time putting a leash on their leadership attitudes, aka, can be a bossy coworker (probably we`ve all seen him) .
A bossy coworker can disrupt the comfort of the workplace and demotivate the team causing workplace dissatisfaction. The reasons behind their attitude may be superiority complex, god complex, closeted insecurities, need for approval, etc. Whatever the reasons might be, it is important to deal with a bossy coworker for the sake of harmony and progress in the workplace.
Here is a brief guide on dealing with your bossy coworker.
Responding to negativity can cause more negativity in the environment. Avoiding your bossy coworker and sticking to your own decision will send them a message to back off, through your actions.
Stand your place
Sometimes your bossy coworker might need a little reminder that they might be stepping over the line. An effective way of doing that is standing your place when you think they are trampling over your boundaries. Speak up for yourself.
Two can play!
Not everyone in the team can transition into voicing their opinion easily. In such a scenario, prioritizing someone else’s decisions in the group except alongside your bossy coworker’s can be a subtle message that their opinion is not the only one that is important, others’ matter too if you are thinking as a team.
Have a chat with the boss
Truth is – if none of the above works and you feel the water has gone way above the neck, do not shy away from discussing the issue with the boss. The boss might be able to discipline your bossy coworker.