Fri., May 3, 2013 7:52am (EDT)

WORKING: The Venter
By Joshua Stewart
Updated: 12 months ago

ATLANTA  —  
How do you avoid the office drama queen and all the baggage she wants to unload on you in her venting sessions? Brandon Smith returns to answer an e-mail question, offering varying degrees of gentleness to use in cutting off the drama. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/timpatterson/476098132/>Tim Patterson via Flickr</a>.)
How do you avoid the office drama queen and all the baggage she wants to unload on you in her venting sessions? Brandon Smith returns to answer an e-mail question, offering varying degrees of gentleness to use in cutting off the drama. (Photo Courtesy of Tim Patterson via Flickr.)
Office politics are pretty much impossible to avoid. But what about office drama and the office drama queen?

Our workplace and career expert, Brandon Smith, is back to deal with a listener question about dealing with a co-worker who just wants to vent all the time.

Here’s an excerpt of her note:

“[I have] a co worker, [a] drama queen, that comes into my office [and] needs to shut the door to vent about people in her department. I HATE this -- strong word -- but I really don't like this. I don't want my boss to think I'm getting caught up in office politics. I am very neutral, everyone likes me, I get along with everyone. ...How do I tell her not to do this?”

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at theworkplacetherapist.com. While you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.