We’ve all worked with someone who’s not winning any awards for how he or she interacts with others in the office. Whether it’s the boss who plays favorites, the co-worker who has no boundaries, or the recent grad who doesn’t take work seriously; there will often be a teammate who brings you down.
Your first thought may be to seek out strategies to work with this person as little as possible. And yes, that’ll help keep you sane. But if all you focus on is cordially coping with his or her bad habits, you’re actually missing out on a major learning opportunity. That’s because, just like that incredible boss or inspiring teammate who teaches you skills you’ll never forget; working with that person who drives you crazy can also be really valuable.