How to Ignore Ignorance in the Workplace

Ignorant co-workers think they known more than everyone else.

Ignorant co-workers think they known more than everyone else.

In nearly every job during your lifetime you will have to learn to deal with an ignorant co-worker. An ignorant person isn't stupid, rather someone who may be unaware or unconcerned about the impact their negative behavior has on those around them. This type of person generally knows much less than they think they know. As a result, they have no clue of the negative impact they have within the work environment. Learning to ignore an ignorant person can be tough. This is especially true if the ignorance is coming from a boss or a team leader.

Concentrate on being the best employee you can be. When you begin to worry about someone else your work will suffer. Use every moment you are at work to complete your job to the best of your ability, and stop worrying about others and what they are doing.

Confront the person with the truth. Ignorance often comes from not knowing all of the facts. Talk to the person one-on-one and fill them in on the project or job task. Ask the individual if they are aware of specific protocols involved.

Look for good qualities in the individual. Everyone has at least one redeeming quality. Try to find qualities you can relate to. Ask about their family or hobbies. Try to get the person to talk about something other than work.

Walk away from stressful situations. Never try to debate with an ignorant person because you will never win. Instead quietly agree with the statements made, or simply nod your head and walk away.

Treat the individual with respect. Whether the person is your boss or a co-worker, listen to what they have to say. You may not agree with them but you can be courteous when they are speaking.

Ask your employer or supervisor for his or her opinion on the matter. Use this as a last option. Often when there are work conflicts, there is no choice but to involve a supervisor.

 

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Based in Atlanta, Melody Dawn has been writing business articles and blogs since 2004. Her work has appeared in the "Gainesville Times," "Player's Press" and "USA Today." She is also skilled in writing product descriptions and marketing materials. Dawn holds a Master of Business from Brenau University.

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