NEW YORK (CNNfn) - Dear Jane: I'm an employee of a great Russian company. Unfortunately, I can't get along with one of my colleagues. We are supposed to work together on assignments given to us by the chief, but this one colleague is haughty, eccentric, self-confident and just won't listen to me. What should I do?|
Someone once told me, "Business is great, except for the people." This is true about all companies, no matter where you live or work.
My suggestion is to sit down with your problem colleague and ask him directly why he doesn't seem to want to work with you as a team.
Perhaps you once offended him and don't remember doing so? Whatever the reason, you have to make an effort to find a solution as soon as possible.
Speak with the other members of your team and ask them for their advice.
The sooner you work things out and clear the air, the better. Working under tense conditions hurts productivity.
Jane Applegate, a syndicated columnist and the author of 201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business answers your questions here regularly. Readers with questions can e-mail her at: . She will answer questions of general interest in future columns.