How To Handle Tensions In The Workplace

The workplace can be quite an interesting place with a colorful variety of personalities and attitudes. Unfortunately, some personalities can clash sometimes––making your work environment a little uncomfortable. These encounters can lead to increased stress, anxiety, and leave you feeling on edge. Some people have discovered how CBDfx products can take this edge off and increase their productivity throughout the workday. It seems like no one really knows how to handle tense workplace situations in the right manner because when it comes to workplace behavior, there are just things you do and things you should totally avoid. Here’s the bottom line: sometimes you’ll encounter people who you just don’t click with and you’ll feel like they try to make your life a little harder on purpose. So here are some tips on how to handle these scenarios while keeping your cool––and your job!

Did you know that 60% of Americans deal with some type of workplace bully? Yes, unfortunately, bullying carries on into adulthood for some people. Bullying in the workplace can come in many forms such as mental abuse, harassment, manipulative individuals, or people who even withhold resources that you need to get your job done. This type of treatment in the workplace can also cause health issues such as extreme stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, and even more. Many don’t speak up because they feel embarrassed, and most of the time workplace bullies are co-workers who perform fairly well and feel they have some free reign to toss their weight around. 

Common Workplace Bully Types

  • The Overly Aggressive Communicator: This is the person that you probably avoid talking to at all costs because they either respond by blowing up or giving you a crazy look. They emit hostility in every way possible and make those around them feel uncomfortable. 

  • The Harsh Critic: This could be a superior or even a co-worker who criticizes all of your work in a negative manner. We all love to hear positive feedback on the projects we’re working on, so imagine only receiving constant negative feedback and criticism. This can affect your self-esteem and cause you to second guess yourself and your work. 

  • The Master Manipulator: Have you ever been working on a project with someone who played “nice” about something, maybe told you they would complete a certain work-related task, only to later flip the whole conversation and throw you under the bus? In life, we run across all types of master manipulators––so why would a competitive workplace be any different?


Most of the time if someone has an “issue” with you, that issue probably has nothing to do with you. That issue is a reflection of something deep within them. People tend to reflect their personal issues onto others in less than savory ways, but why not take the higher road and combat with kindness? Who knows, maybe you’ll be able to penetrate that rough exterior and make a friend out of it all? Sometimes, that person might not even be aware of how they are treating you, and more importantly, how it’s making you feel. So, smile a bit more, hold the door open, and radiate a positive attitude that is contagious! 

Address The Issue 

So, you tried kindness but it didn’t work. Well, sometimes kindness won’t work and you’ll have to go directly to the source and try to talk it out. You should also take a step back from the situation and analyze your actions as well because sometimes we might miss something we did that might have caused the unwanted behaviors. After contemplating the latter, you can approach the person and ask them if there’s an issue they’d like to discuss. Sure, this might be uncomfortable, but progress comes through communication. If the person is not showing any signs of wanting to communicate you can simply tell them how you feel and ask them to stop doing whatever it is that’s making you uncomfortable. 

Document Encounters

If the first two steps didn’t prove to be effective, you have to start documenting your experiences for HR. This way you’re not stuck in a never-ending battle of who said what because you have a documented timeline of everything that transpired. Make sure to have the time, date, and details of the incident. Maybe things calm down and you don’t need this documentation, but it’s always a good idea to be prepared. If you do end up having to take this to a superior, you should think about who that person will be and how you will approach and explain the situation. 


Workplace drama can really make you dread going into the office every day, but you can’t let that happen! We all want to be able to go to work, be cordial to those we work, and knock out everything we do with excellence! So, stand up for yourself, be assertive, and most importantly, be professional. 

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