It’s OK not to like everyone you work with. You don’t even have to pretend you do like them. But workplace expert Brandon Smith says you do still have to get the work done.
“You don’t have to go up and tell somebody, ‘Hey, you know, I don’t like you.’ You want to be authentic. But you always want to try to value what they contribute to the team,” he said.
Smith teaches about communication and workplace culture at Emory University and Georgia State University. He also consults with companies about workplace issues. He said workplaces are made up of lots of different people, and those differences are valuable in accomplishing an organization’s mission.
Smith has more on how to work with people you don’t like, including guidance for supervisors who dislike one of their employees, in this week’s Working on GPB Radio.