Young Money Mailbag: How to handle troublesome coworkers
blog by Caitlin Campbell McNulty • August 13, 2013 @ 9:34am
It’s been quite a while since I’ve answered reader questions from the Young Money mailbag, so I thought I’d take a look at what’s come in throughout the summer.
Caitlin, I don’t agree with some of the decisions my co-workers have been making lately that concern projects we work on jointly. How do I let them know without causing an office riot?
It’s hard, but important, to remember that people aren’t hired to be your friends. You don’t need to like them, but you do need to work with them. Whether they’re your cup of tea or not, employees are hired because they have a specific skill or background that your employer is looking for at the time.
This means they bring something different to the table, and the way they bring it might be different than how you would. As long as they’re getting the job done, and pulling their weight on the project, you should keep your comments to yourself and learn to work around your differences. If this co-worker isn’t pulling their weight, then you have a legitimate gripe to take to your boss. And hey – there’s always happy hour to help talk your differences out over an adult beverage.
Caitlin, my company is urging me to get involved with a community or charity organization, but I don’t even know where to start. Any advice?
Start with what you’re passionate about. Not-for-profits tend to lack resources – whether it’s funding, help or whatever else, they will take whatever you’re able to offer. That’s why you want to make sure to volunteer somewhere that speaks to you. Chances are you’ll be dedicating more time and energy there than you first thought. Make sure you choose a place that makes you want to come back every time, not drag your feet to.
Is there a cause that’s near and dear to you? Check to see if they have a local chapter that you could reach out to. Love animals? Call the SPCA and see what they could use you for. You don’t have to start out by serving on a board immediately. Get to know all aspects of the organization to see if it’s the right fit for you. Then, if you are asked to step up and take a leadership role, it will feel like the honor it’s meant to be.
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