Rise Above: Whether it is a difficult coworker who talks constantly and never listens, one who doesn’t follow through on projects, competes with you for power or undermines you with the boss, have the professional courage to rise above it.
Address It: Your situation stands no chance of getting better if you don’t address it. Meaningful confrontation is never easy, but conflict is often necessary if you want to stick up for your rights.
Report It: If the situation continues, then it’s time to report it to the boss. Allowing a coworker to be difficult leads to greater problems in the workplace. Don’t let the situation fester into a much greater concern.
Move on: If your report to the boss did not result in any change in your coworker or, worse, your boss didn’t address the situation, then it is time to move on. Difficult behaviors left unaddressed lead to toxic environments. Is that what you really want to work in each day? Not me.