How to Deal With Argumentative Co-workers

Employeees can't depend on a co-worker with an argumentative nature to always handle things in a rational way. However, if you prepare yourself to deal with an argumentative co-worker before an incident happens, you're much less likely to react emotionally and exacerbate a potentially explosive situation. Before you have to deal with your argumentative co-worker again, imagine all of the possible scenarios that could occur the next time he approaches you with an argument.


Stay calm and acknowledge what the person says. For example, say something such as, "I hear what you're saying."


Identify with the person's concerns as much as possible to diffuse their argument and move things toward a resolution. For instance, say, "I can see how you might think I'm not concerned about my part of the project."


Explain your viewpoint with tact and diplomacy. Do not raise your voice or make statements that place blame on your argumentative co-worker.


Calmly give an emotionally immature co-worker two choices if she refuses to engage in a rational discussion. The first choice is to continue arguing without resolution. The second choice is to work with you to come to a resolution.