Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.
Skip to main content

Receive your Pfizer brand medication today at little to no additional drug acquisition cost versus the generic version.

Left Rail Arrow
Left Rail Arrow

Receive your Pfizer brand medication today at little to no additional drug acquisition cost versus the generic version.

Left Rail Arrow

Participating Pfizer brands include:

Be well at work, home and away

Dealing with a stress-inducing co-worker

Tight deadlines and demanding customers aren't the only sources of workplace stress. A difficult co-worker can also wreak havoc on your health. Sure, it's perfectly normal to experience some stress at work. But an overbearing boss, ill-intentioned manager or nagging co-worker can have a significant impact on your physical and emotional being.

Here's how to recognize the problem and what to do about it:

Recognize the problem

The first step to dealing with a difficult co-worker is recognizing the signs that you're under too much stress. These include: 

  • Headaches
  • Problems concentrating
  • Impatience, quickness to argue or short temper
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Upset stomach
  • Job dissatisfaction and low morale
  • Poor job performance

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize the stress-inducing impact of a co-worker's behaviour.

What to do about it

"You're fired!" If only you could scream that out the next time a co-worker gets you worked up. Since you're probably not in a position to do so, or have the grounds if you are, then taking positive steps to reduce your stress is your best option:

  • Laugh — Rather than let that meddling manager get a rise out of you, share a joke with a friend or co-worker and try to see the humour in your predicament. A good chuckle is one of the best ways to reduce stress and put things in perspective.
  • Breathe — Before you react to your co-worker's snarky remark, take a good, long breath. Those few extra seconds will help you better understand your situation and adjust your attitude.
  • Agree to disagree — You don't have to see eye-to-eye with someone to work side-by-side. Rather, opposing views can help reshape your outlook on professional matters, and teach you how to compromise.
  • Focus on your business — You can't always control a gossipmonger but you can get a better handle on your own situation. Unreturned phone calls and emails, and a messy desk only exacerbate feelings of workplace stress. Spend the first 10 minutes of every workday organizing your area and setting priorities.
  • Don't be bullied — Workplace bullies can abuse co-workers verbally, physically and even online. If you're the target of one, then don't put up; speak up. Let the bully know their behaviour is unacceptable and that you'll take the matter to a higher authority (like human resources) if necessary. By nipping the problem in the bud, you can stop the abuse from getting worse, and avoid getting carried away with your emotions and saying something you'll regret later. 
  • Get it in writing — Encourage your employer to put a workplace stress prevention policy in place that includes guidelines for resolving issues between co-workers. If you encounter resistance, explain to your boss that stress is an occupational safety hazard that can impact the health and safety of your team.
  • Speak to human resources — Check with HR to see if there are any employee programs that can help you with stress.

No matter how bad things get, remember that there's no need to suffer in silence. You can do something — and get help if you need it.

Deal with stress-inducing co-workers
Your work style under stress (quiz)
Your work style under stress (quiz)

Most of us have experienced the feeling of wanting to scream at the...

The inside story on air quality
The inside story on air quality

Your home is supposed to be a safe haven for family, friends and even...

Eat well away from home
Eat well away from home

Whether you're looking for rest and relaxation or an adventure,...

Before you leave for vacation
Before you leave for vacation

Tickets? Check. Passport? Check. Camera. Check. In some cases,...

Travellers' diarrhea — how to avoid it and what to do if it happens
Travellers' diarrhea — how to avoid it and what to do if it happens

If you're like most people, your top vacation fear is contracting...

Don’t bring it home — reasons to get travel vaccinations
Don’t bring it home — reasons to get travel vaccinations

The importance of getting travel vaccinations before going abroad...

Jet lag — how it affects your internal clock and how to beat it
Jet lag — how it affects your internal clock and how to beat it

Jet lag can make an exciting vacation exhausting and challenge even...

Coping with a job loss
Coping with a job loss

According to The Canadian Mental Health Association, job loss ranks...

Are you experiencing burnout?
Are you experiencing burnout?

If you’ve experienced prolonged stress, you may eventually get...

The 3-minute work-desk stretch
The 3-minute work-desk stretch

Believe it or not, sitting is harder on your body than standing...

Food allergy vs. food intolerance
Food allergy vs. food intolerance

Reactions to certain foods are more often than not caused by a food...

Plan an allergy-friendly party
Plan an allergy-friendly party

You want your next party to be fun for all your guests. But what if...

Caregiving from a distance
Caregiving from a distance

Being a caregiver can be stressful — and it may be even more so...

Allergy, cold or sinusitis?
Allergy, cold or sinusitis?

What’s behind that sneeze? Did you catch the cold that’s...

Health tips for diabetes
Health tips for diabetes

If not managed properly, diabetes can lead to a wide range of serious...

Diabetes and erectile dysfunction
Diabetes and erectile dysfunction

About 34% to 45% of men with diabetes experience erectile dysfunction...

Caregiving and Alzheimer’s disease
Caregiving and Alzheimer’s disease

Being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) can...

Safety tips for Alzheimer’s disease
Safety tips for Alzheimer’s disease

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, it can take away a person...

Living with someone with Alzheimer’s disease
Living with someone with Alzheimer’s disease

While Alzheimer’s disease affects each person differently, you...

4 facts about FODMAPs
4 facts about FODMAPs

FODMAPs are a type of carbohydrate (or sugar) that’s found in...

Sautéed spring vegetables and steamed fish
Sautéed spring vegetables and steamed fish

Makes 4 servings

 

Prep time: 10 min...

Glazed salmon fillet with couscous and peas
Glazed salmon fillet with couscous and peas

Makes 4 servings

 

Prep time: 15 min...

Sautéed chicken breast with white rice and sugar snap peas
Sautéed chicken breast with white rice and sugar snap peas

Makes 4 servings

 

Prep time: 10 min...

Vegetable spring rolls in rice paper (Vietnam)
Vegetable spring rolls in rice paper (Vietnam)

Makes 8 servings

 

Prep time: 25 min...

Sliced chicken with stir-fry vegetables
Sliced chicken with stir-fry vegetables

Makes 4 servings

 

Prep time: 20 min...

Grilled salmon fillet with rice and vegetables
Grilled salmon fillet with rice and vegetables

Makes 4 servings

Prep time: 20 min

Cooking time:...

Grilled salmon kebabs with green beans
Grilled salmon kebabs with green beans

Makes 4 servings

 

Prep time: 25 min...

Watermelon slices with kiwi and pecans
Watermelon slices with kiwi and pecans

Makes 4 servings

Prep time: 5 min Difficulty: Easy Cannot...

Mixed berries and mint sponge cake roll
Mixed berries and mint sponge cake roll

Makes 8 servings

Prep time: 25 min Cooking time: 10 min...

Banana crepes
Banana crepes

Makes 6 servings (2 crepes per serving)

Prep time: 20 min...