Knowing how to handle negative people is crucial to advancing your career and having a positive workday. While we can’t always avoid problem individuals, we can use certain strategies to minimize their impact on our lives. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Don’t take the bait. They may say things to provoke you. If you feel yourself being drawn into an argument, resist the urge to respond. Pause before you act in a way you might regret.
Have compassion. People who are unhappy with themselves may try to take it out on you. Realize that their behavior probably has little to do with you and is more about them.
Keep to your priorities. It’s easy to get distracted by gossip and negative remarks, but that will take you away from achieving your goals, and you don’t want to do that.