8 Ways to Deal with a Mean Coworker

Shut down the Regina George of your job, now!Shut down the Regina George of your job, now!Nothing sucks more than having a mean coworker. Studies show that working with someone that makes your job hell can really screw up your personal life. To help you out, we got Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster, co-authors of Mean Girls at Work: How to Stay Professional When Things Get Personal to dish how you should handle your job nemesis.

By Dara Adeeyo

1. She Gives Harsh and Demeaning Feedback
Ignore her or hit her with some humor. To be funny, you can say something like, "You say the sweetest things." If you want to stay neutral, simply say, "Thanks for the feedback" and walk away.

2. She Critiques Your Appearance
Don't try to explain why you look the way you do (because, bitch please). The best way to deal with this is to just tune her out. Realize that you're dealing with someone who thinks their feedback is helping you. If you want to take it a step further, you can always respond with an insincere smile and an equally fake "Thanks!"

3. She Spreads Rumors About You
Resist the urge to do the same to her-she's just trying to tarnish your rep in an attempt to improve her own. If there's a specific lie you want to clear up, like something that could impact your job performance, look for opportunities to tell your misinformed colleagues the truth. Just slide it into the convo. They'll pick up on it.

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4. She Fails to Give You Important Info
If she "forgot" to tell you that a certain project was due, don't run to your boss and say, "She didn't tell me." Instead, bite the bullet this time. Then ask your boss to communicate directly with you on any changes for projects in the future.

5. You Overhear Her Gossiping About You
First, take time to cool down. Then, go to her and say, "I overheard you talking about me to someone else. In the future, if you have a problem with my behavior, I'd like it if you came to me directly." Trust us, she'll be floored you had the balls to confront her.

6. She Belittles Your Accomplishments
These comments hurt, but don't let it bring you down. Instead, do your best not to react. You can say, "Sorry you feel that way." Then walk away.

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7. She Talks Down to You
Don't get defensive and don't verbally attack her. Approach her in private and ask her if she has a problem with you. If she denies it, give her concrete examples of her patronizing you. Odds are, she'll apologize...and stop doing it in the future.

8. She Takes Credit for Your Ideas
Take a few moments to chill out before you approach her in private. Try saying something like, "You may not have meant to do this, but you took credit for my idea." If she owns up to her mistake, that's great. If not, end the conversation with saying something like, "I guess we disagree on this." The most important thing is to let her know you're onto her.

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