Hmm…a tad extreme, maybe? Ok, maybe a little. After all, you’ve never actually planned out the “accidental” death of a coworker, have you? Neither have I…but anger has definitely risen out of a few frustrating circumstances. In reading “how-to’s” of best ways to deal with frustrating coworkers, I can see I’m not the only one, but most of these self-help articles only suggest ways in which you can make things comfortable enough to work with them in peace….which is a noble goal, don’t get me wrong, but don’t you want to do more than just TOLERATE that person? Don’t you want to work with each of your coworkers in a way that is beneficial to you both AND beneficial to your employer? I know I do!
Ok, now that I’ve offended the half of you that read that title and decided I’m just a jerk and you’re just fine in your stagnant online presence, that means the other half of you who aren’t pansies and know things can always be better can continue reading and decide for yourselves. :)
I’m going to open up a little here and be brutally honest, even if it hurts me. Here goes – equipment failure happens. Human error happens. And though we try our very best at every project, sometimes mistakes happen. I think that’s true of every person at every kind of job though. We, as human beings, are not perfect. BUT – what really separates the “boys from the men” and the “girls from the women” is what you do AFTER the mistake. How do you handle it? I had my first stab at that last week.