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It takes Tact and Patience to Deal with Difficult People

Difficult people being what they are; any colleague has a tough time dealing with them. Difficult people can come in many forms, shapes and sizes. Some people find it difficult to socialize with colleague. Others make a mess out of working relationships, and yet others may be highly uncooperative and could throw tantrums at the slightest provocation, or even without one.

Whatever their different forms; it is a fact that difficult people are a fact of life at the workplace. Difficult people cause an adverse impact on the rest of the organization, or at least those they come with, as a result of which they spread their negativity.  Whether their number in an organization is low or high; their negativity can affect the workplace in a bad manner.

The situation is all the more pronounced with difficult people are in positions of power. It is difficult to both work with them and to tolerate them. When difficult people work in an organization; their effect can be demoralizing. This is one of the major ways by which organizations suffer from their presence: people who work with them either take off work or avoid taking up tasks they are capable of performing because of fear or unease of working with such people.

In areas of work which involve direct contact with customers, people who are constantly under the influence of such people have a low level of positive interaction with customers because the discomfort of working with difficult people always lurks in the mind. They end up giving below par service to customers, who are the lifeblood of an organization. The influence of difficult people is thus a vicious cycle.

A learning session on how to deal with difficult people

So, what does one do when they come across difficult people? We know for sure that although one may despise difficult people, one cannot avoid them or wish them away. They are people who are serious and passionate about their jobs and professions, and will be there for good. One should only learn to deal with them, and not avoid them, because this tactic is not going to work.

The ways of dealing with difficult people will be imparted at a webinar from TrainHR, a highly popular provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry. The speaker at this webinar is Valerie Pelan, who has been consulting and providing Executive coaching for over 10 years as President of Integrated Focus. Please visit TrainHR to register for this very interesting learning session. This webinar has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Actions and processes that need to be taken

The core of this learning session is the number of actual action steps and processes which can be taken to deal with difficult people. Valerie will show how these steps, when implemented right, can help deal with such people. She will explain how to put the following action steps into action:

  • Analyze the situation
    • When and how did it start - what happened?
  • Analyze your reaction - what do you have control over
    • What makes it difficult for you?
    • What is the problem from your perspective?
  • Strategies and steps to manage and handle the situation

This session will be of very high value to those who need to deal with difficult people on a day-to-day basis, such as HR Managers, Supervisors, Senior Management, Sales and Marketing, Leadership, Employee Relationship Managers, and Staffing Managers.

Valerie will cover the following areas at this session:

  • 4 Different Communication Styles
  • Adapt your communication to the one of the other styles
  • Identify the Types of Difficult People
  • Common Mistakes
  • Ways to be Manage "difficult" people
  • 4 Steps When You Communicate Difficult People
  • Book Recommendations

 

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