GTD and productivity blog The Job Bored suggests that research is indicating that many of us spend actual hours of our day thinking about some arsehole we work with. Obviously this isn't productive, but communication could be the best fix.
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Confrontation is something most people like to avoid. It can be very uncomfortable, but if you have a problem with someone — or just something they're doing — keeping it to yourself is a waste of your own time and energy.
"[M] ost of us have become avoiders. We will do just about anything to keep stuff to ourselves, or only talk about rather than to someone who we disagree with. It just does not work."
You may not even need to confront the "arsehole" who's ruining your day. You may just need to talk to them. It becomes harder to dislike someone when you know them — unless they turn out to be even worse — so grab a lunch with a coworker you don't like and you may find that they're just a little bit less annoying.
Have you tried this, or something like it? How did it go? Tell us in the comments.
Communicate to Win Over Office Jerks [The Job Bored]