07 Apr Five tips to manage egos in the workplace
Have you ever worked with someone who lets their ego get in the way of work? If you have, then you’ll know how dysfunctional a team can become with that type of negative pressure; it’s not a great feel in the workplace, and it can lead to lost time and productivity. Thankfully, you can manage egos in the workplace; here are five strategies to get started.
Find the source of the problem
One of the first places to look in times of discomfort is inwards. In the case of a bad ego, as yourself, could you be contributing to the problem, even subconsciously? The roots of the problem could be closer than you think, so take some time to think about how you handle situations. The first step to tackling the egos in your workplace is to make sure you’re not a direct or indirect contributor.
Know the limits
Sometimes people are just looking for a little appreciation, or are really proud of something they’ve accomplished. There’s no harm in supporting a colleague’s proud moment with kind words and praise, particularly when it is well-deserved.
Where possible, avoid!
Sometimes, all your need is a bit of distance. Does your relationship allow you to avoid or ignore your egomaniac? If not, try not to directly engage with ego-centric conversations and professionally address the issue in private. This means forgetting your own ego and resisting the urge to compete with the person.
Emotions shouldn’t fuel your reactions to your co-worker’s behaviour. If you’re in the position to do so, then talk to your co-worker about the problem. The focus should be on the task at hand, so ask what is fuelling their behaviour and find a way to address it.
Everyone is a winner.
Encourage teamwork (and subsequently squash some egos) by acknowledging the efforts of the team, not the individuals involved. This is a good strategy for managing multiple egos at once.
Have you worked in a team with a strong ego and can share some advice? Share this with a friend, and create the conversation in your workplace today.
This post was written by MEA’s Marketing Projects Advisor, Rachelle Forbes. If you have a story to submit, please email us today.