Question: My colleague is an incessant whiner. In fact, she often comes streaming in at half-rant the first thing in the morning. Her complaints revolve around everything, such as the amount of workload she has, how her morning went and even the office stapler that won’t work. Sure, everyone has bad days, but my colleague is taking the word ‘grump’ to a whole new level.
It can be absolutely distracting, especially when the rest of us are swamped with work. As we’re required to work together frequently, I am not keen on hurting her feelings. How do I get her to stop without souring our working relationship?
Answer: Oh dear, looks like your co-worker has got her panties permanently in a twist.
If your attempts at ignoring her complaints prove futile, remember that confrontation isn’t always ideal as it might cause tension in the workplace and make working with her even more unbearable.
Here’s how you can let her down easy and avoid a scuffle: