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How do you avoid drama at work with coworkers when it's constantly there?

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Last Updated: 08/10/2020 at 11:41pm
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Top Rated Answers
June 17th, 2015 1:39am
You try to focus on your work as much as possible .Make it a point to take a break and get out of the office once a day. Plan activities outside of work so you can think about that when you're at work. Don't get sucked into others talked about each other or complaining.
February 3rd, 2015 6:56pm
I always try to focus on the positive rather than the negative. If there are coworkers who tend to create drama, I will keep my interaction with them limited, or try to re-direct their focus on something positive such as how great they handled a situation, or that they are really talented in a certain skill. Although they might not say it, there could be an underlying issue as to why coworkers act the way they do, and being supportive can greatly improve their relationship with you and those around them.
April 11th, 2015 8:14am
Well, you can try to communicate more in the workplace to get the tense environment less gloomy. Also, perhaps you could try team building exercises together.
May 18th, 2015 7:53am
Exclude yourself from it. If they involve you, address in whatever way is necessary to avoid putting your job in jeopardy, and move on.
October 30th, 2015 6:08pm
Don't let them entertain you. simply try to avoid them. Deal with only your work. hope it will change
December 21st, 2015 12:54am
Think of Positive things and look on the Bright side of work. Being Enthusiastic while working and spreading positive energy to All who are near. Laugh about your mistakes because that will lighten up your mood. Don't be negative, be positive and that my friend is how you avoid drama at work.
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April 11th, 2016 9:47am
Normally you just have to ignore them and do your task at hand. I am sure you are way to busy to have time to get involved.
July 19th, 2016 1:18am
What I do is just concentrating on my work instead of wasting time with them if I know it is not worthwhile or productive I won't engage however if it is good for our relationship I wouldn't mind joining.
October 31st, 2016 11:20pm
I have found that trying to keep to yourself is the only real way to avoid this. I know it sounds bad, but after 2.5 years of working in the same place I have never been involved in drama. I think this may be the only way to truly remain drama free, sadly.
August 10th, 2020 11:41pm
I have encountered this at several jobs. It is never easy but I have found a solution that has worked to break up the issue amicably. I have found that asking the person to join me for coffee and to discuss the issue so that we can attempt to land on even ground and simplify the issue so we can work together happily. By doing this we are confronting the issue but in a safe manner, this way helps us grow from the experiences and build eachother up rather than break eachother down. It really works my friends, I swear by it.