Need to Work on a Difficult Working Relationship?

May 1, 2017

By Joyce Odidison

May 1, 2017

By Joyce Odidison

Defeated businessman turns away form coworker


Is it Time to do Something About Your Difficult Working Relationship?

If you have a job where you work with people you will have experienced difficult times or moments in your working relationship. Besides difficult intimate or family relationships difficult working relationships are the costliest and most time consuming.


Over the past twenty years, I have seen employees get ill, suffer mental and emotional breakdowns, suffer heart disease, and become suicidal due to difficult working relationships.

Since all of us need to work, it is apparent that we have a working relationship that is conducive to our ability to do our jobs efficiently and allow us to be the most productive that we can be. 

Having a working relationship that is high conflict, high drama or that involves tension and conflict will impact your ability to think clearly, focus on your work fully and work without distractions. It will also cause you to feel unsafe and more likely to make mistakes.

It is best to do whatever you can to mend or end difficult working relationships because of the wear and tear they put on your emotions, mental health, and your nerves. In addition to the time wasted defending or protecting yourself from attacks of any nature.

First, you should identify how the relationship is impacting you and get a sense of how you are contributing to the current level of difficulties. Once you have done this you can plan to deal with the issues of the relationship.

To help you in this process, I have created the interpersonal relationship audit as part of our wellness assesses to help you assess how well you are doing in your relationship. This month you can access this relationship audit for free to on our website to help you get the assessment necessary to move forward with mending or ending your work relationship. Go here to access the interpersonal relationship audit.

Once you’ve determined your part in the relationship and how well you are doing in the relationship you can decide on whether to end or mend the relationship. Send me a quick note if you have a question about your assessment result.

To Your Wellness,


About the author

Joyce Odidison is a true pioneer in the world of workplace wellness and coaching. With over 26 years of experience as a Master Certified Coach, Conflict Analyst, and Professional Trainer, Joyce has dedicated her career to helping teams and organizations improve their interpersonal dynamics and achieve success. As the President & CEO of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc., host of the Global Workplace Wellness Summit, and What's Happening at Work podcast, she's a recognized community leader and mentor, committed to empowering people to develop their skills and reach their full potential. Whether you're looking to build a culture of well-being, improve team dynamics, or develop your leadership skills, or gain world-class coach training, Joyce has the knowledge, expertise, and passion to help you create positive change and achieve success.

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