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Does a Coworker Have Eyes on My Job?

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MP900341726Competition or envy around the workplace is inevitable.

Especially with the financial crisis, people wanting to have a higher salary are making ways to achieve a higher status within the company.

If you feel that your coworker has eyes on your job, you may find it difficult to deal with the situation.

With that in mind, what do you need to do to stay one step ahead of those who may have designs on your position?

1.    Be observant

Observe your coworker’s actions and do not readily assume that he/she wants your job. Do not automatically think of every little thing in a negative light. Simply put, don’t be too paranoid.

If in some way, you were able to confirm that your coworker really has bad intentions and is determined enough to do anything just to get you out of the position, this is the time that you would need to take extra precautions.

Do not let your coworker sabotage your work or take the credit that is rightfully yours because of the excellent work that you were able to produce. Be conscious of your surroundings and know if this person back-stabs you and says negative things about you, both to your other coworkers and to your boss.

 

2.    Don’t get too stressed with what’s happening

Despite of being conscious of what your coworker is trying to do, do not get too stressed. No matter how annoyed or angry you are, try to remain calm and compose yourself. If you think too much about this problem, you might end up screwing your work and delivering off the mark. With this, you might accidentally help your coworker in his/her grand plan of ousting you in your position.

Just remember that you are assigned to that position because the management trusts you and you are capable of accomplishing what the job entails. So relax and don’t let this get in your way. If possible, you may also confide to a trusted friend or coworker and discuss the situation. Who knows, you might get reasonable pieces of advice from him/her. If not, then at least you were able to get this out of your chest.

 

3.    Focus and work harder

In relation to the previously mentioned tip, the best thing that you can do is to focus on your work and strive to become even better. Show others especially your coworker that’s after your job that you deserve your position. By doing this, you will not only be able to get a better hold of your position, but also make your coworker with ill intentions frustrated and might eventually make him/her stop.

 

4.    Talk to the coworker you’re having issues with

Communication is very important in solving problems related to interpersonal relationships. Talk to your coworker and express all your concerns. Make sure that you are going to do this calmly and not in a hysterical manner.  Aside from that, you must also listen to what your coworker has to say and try to understand his/her side.

If you experience this kind of problem, then welcome to the corporate world. You must know that this is not new to the corporate setting. It is probably normal for people to want something better for themselves. However, it becomes a problem when people start to do nasty things just to achieve their goal.

 

At some point in your life, you will be assigned to work alongside people of different personalities.

Welcome the moments that you are faced with this kind of problem or other related ones. Take it as a challenge and as a chance to improve the way you interact with other people both within and outside the workplace.

After all, overcoming this may contribute to your own personal growth.

About the Author: Tina Samuels writes on social media, marketing, small business, and how to rank first on Google.

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