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SPECIAL POST of the How NOT to Kill Your Co-Worker Series

Happy Friday!! YIPPEEEE!  On Wednesday, I convinced myself that it was Thursday.  How I did this is beyond  me, but I was sad that I was wrong.  Like the trustworthy friend that Friday is, its here today.  Again I yell YIPPEEEEEEEEEEE!  Fridays here on My Pocketful of Thoughts, are a nod to recognizing all the people who have co-workers they would like to kill but didn’t!  For today’s installment of How NOT to Kill Your Co-Worker I wanted to share some of the fun comments from the initial post.  
From Scenes From A Single Mom
I like that, #hownottokillyourcoworker…sometimes I come close. I usually take an extra long lunch or put on some good music in my office to dissuade me from catching a case! 
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From ~J

Target practice is a great way to blow off stream that can be coworker induced! I’m fortunate enough to work near a rifle range and I have been known to take a lunch break there a time or two. I have to admit it feels pretty Sandra Bullock-like to be wearing heels and puling the trigger, releasing all the built up tension in a single shot. No one is going to distract you if you have a gun in your hands. If you don’t live near a range, there are always the office-size Nurf gun options!

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From Julie Jordan Scott

Ohmigawsh. This is one of the reasons I leaped into self employment, there were too many co-workers I wanted to kill… except now I do theater and instead, I sorta long to do away with some of my cast mates. Right now I might want to kill her by tying her costume corset over her face! Sheeesh. She is such a pill pill pill kinda girl!

Anyway, one more week of rehearsals, two weekends of shows and then… no more of her thank GOODNESS!!! 

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From Chasing Joy

What has helped me is venting. I always feel better after I write a Fb status about the annoying co-worker. One time I wrote a full blog post on how a co-worker was acting like a 2 year old so I looked up parenting advice on dealing with the terrible 2s. I was laughing by the end of the post. 

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Music, long lunches, gun ranges, self-employment and creative venting, all great ways on How NOT to Kill Your Co-Worker!
Feel free to share if you have ways to cope at work and successfully NOT kill your co-worker by weeks end, OR what they do that drives you bananas. Lets face it, your co-worker is not worth going to jail for, at least you can have a little fun! The most clever ways to cope may appear in a special post!    Maybe you’ll see your’s here next time.

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Until then,

4 replies on “SPECIAL POST of the How NOT to Kill Your Co-Worker Series”

I’m out of work now due to medical reasons, but 12 years of teaching high school doesn’t happen without some stressful social interactions (especially in a school that was as over crowded as mine)… and many come between teachers! Part of the problem with surrounding yourself with kids your entire day is that you start to ACT LIKE THEM.

#1 coping technique in order to NOT KILL A COWORKER was headphones – yes, just like a teenager – tune out the annoyance while trying to get your work done. (I’ve known a number of teachers that don’t even put any music on, they just plug up and ACT like they can’t hear their co-workers).

#2 coping technique, which is what I leaned toward more often than not: work more! Tutor kids on free periods, roam the hallways and yell at anyone who is trying to cut class and interact with children who I can forgive for acting immature.

#3 coping technique, which my husband taught me when he starting teaching seven years after I had: go OUT to lunch. GET OUTSIDE and GET AWAY, even if it is only for 20-30 minutes. I never got 100% comfortable with this, but I would run outside to the corner deli just to see the sun!

Now, after two years of being home with my two dogs, there are days where I actually wish I had a coworker to SURVIVE 🙂

Nicole thanks so much for stopping by and SHARING your strategies on How Not to Kill Your Co-Workers!They say that getting out to eat lunch or stepping out period is important during a work day. I keep forgetting to do it though 🙁

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