Do you have a coworker that doesn’t know how to mind their own business? Maybe they think they are the end all, be all, and within themselves, they have all the knowledge you could ever need?
We have all been there. While it is tempting to tell them off, it won’t help you any. Instead, here is our top advice for dealing with a coworker who thinks they know so much more than you.
Smile, Nod Politely, Thank Them For Their Input… and Do Whatever You Were Going To Do Anyway
Often times these people just want to listen to themselves talk. It can be frustrating for those who have to listen to them, sure, but they don’t mean any actual harm. Instead of getting upset and blowing them off, take a minute out of your day to smile, listen, and nod.
Thank them for their advice. After that? Do whatever you were going to do anyway.
You don’t have to actually hear anything they say, and you certainly don’t have to take their opinion into account. But pretending like it is important to you is a keystone of a comfortable workplace.
Prepare Your Game Plan for Working Together
Are you about to start a project or enter into a working relationship with that know it all you can’t stand? The best thing you can do for yourself in this situation is to prepare everything you can ahead of time.
Triple check facts and data, formulate a plan with no holes in it and leave that coworker with almost no room to wiggle around and complain.
You know you’re right, and your boss knows you’re right, so this is all that really matters. Your coworker can’t argue with you if you have the facts on your side!
Look Inside of Yourself… Are You Doing Everything You Can?
It is easy to blow off people around you, but try to evaluate your actions honestly. Are you doing everything you can to be the best at your job? If you find yourself coming up short, you certainly can’t get mad at your coworker for trying to help, even if you find it infuriating.
Figure out why that person always seeks out you to give advice to, and see if you can’t improve that part of your work. Maybe they are dropping hints in the best (And most annoying to you) way possible in an effort to help you out, but you’re not listening to them in the right way.
It’s hard to admit that you may be at fault for something, but it is an important part of both personal and professional growth. Try to learn something from those that have been around longer, and you will be better for it in the long run.