Tomorrow is Bring Your Manners to Work Day: here’s how to deal with difficult colleagues

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If there's one place where timidity should be left at the door, it's the workplace. But being assertive requires maturity and discernment before it causes huge conflicts.
If there's one place where timidity should be left at the door, it's the workplace. But being assertive requires maturity and discernment before it causes huge conflicts.
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We are not raised with the same standards. Few things in life will make you realise this as quickly as your colleagues.

While some of us are blessed with divine colleagues who become lifelong friends, some co-workers are from hell. They have zero manners, are rude and don’t care to mind their Ps and Qs.

The worst part? It’s too late to teach them manners because they’re now adults. But a good place to start, before you send an email you may regret, is by understanding the different personality types that are in the workplace. Just as, even in the same home, we have different traits as siblings, every office has employees with different personalities.

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