Are you having difficulty getting along with someone in your workplace? Is it a difference in personality or working style? So how do you respect individual differences? The good news is that there are ways you can try to work it out, get along, and get the job done.
People, in general, may wish to work with others who are more like them. But you can also learn more from working with others whose personalities are different from yours. Part of it is resolving different ways of getting things done, dealing with conflict and communication issues.
Here are the six most effective ways of learning to handle the situation and even inspiring others to respect individual differences.
Step back, note the differences and be open to new ways of seeing.
Try observing the differences objectively. Be aware of how you are looking at it at present, which upsets you. Then try to look at it in another way.
For example, your boss or co-worker may seem loud or arrogant to you, but what if the person is an extrovert who just needs to think out loud to make sense of things?
Instead of judging and labeling others—which you would not want others to do to you either—try to be more open and understanding.
Have a learning attitude.
In Zen, they call it a beginner’s mind. It just means that you always look at people and situations as opportunities to learn something new and different. What can you learn from others in the workplace?
For instance, a co-worker might seem annoying for asking too many questions during meetings. But maybe asking too many questions is better than not asking enough. You and other co-workers can learn from the answers to those questions. In the end, it all brings more clarity and leaves less room for error.
Develop your communication and cooperation skills.
It is usually easier to communicate and cooperate with someone who thinks and acts like you. But with challenges comes growth. Bridge the gap and meet people halfway. Ask the person you’re having difficulty working with what their preferred working style is. Then you can share yours with them.
For example, ask whether they like to think through a task before acting on it, or they prefer just to jump in and figure it out along the way. Understanding different working styles and methods can help you support each other towards common goals.
Work around things to get your needs met.
Meeting others halfway is a healthy adaptation and compromise. But sometimes, you may need to find ways to ensure your personal needs are met even while others continue with their way of doing things.
If you are more of an introvert surrounded by extroverts, you can find quiet breaks during the day. Or, if you are an extrovert working with introverts, you can extend beyond your office mates while giving them time to respond to your requests.
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