Working with Difficult People

Posted on November 18, 2009 by


Who hasn’t had to work with a difficult person at some point in their career? Would you like to hear people’s stories of being reprimanded for reporting accurate numbers, disciplined for wanting to take a few hours off to be with a dying father, and being demoted because it rained during the company picnic? These stories and many more can be read on the My Bad Boss Contest at

Working with difficult people is one of the topics of TAPUniversity’s online Working with People course. You Want Me to Work with Who? by Julie Jansen ( is one of the books that we read during the course. This helpful book contains eleven keys such as confidence, empathy, humor, and respect to help deal with problem people at work.

Please share your experiences and tips for working with difficult people—we’d love to hear them!