AMY GALLO [NARRATING]: Haven’t we all struggled to get along with somebody at work?
AMY GALLO [IN CONVERSATION]: Sherri, tell me, what do you mean when you say things are just OK?
SHERRI: I mean they’re just OK. So, if I was a person who didn’t have any goals or aspirations or wanted to feel appreciated for the good work I do, then I could live like this forever.
AMY GALLO [IN CONVERSATION]: [Laughs] OK, I’m sorry to laugh, but —
SHERRI: I know.
AMY GALLO [IN CONVERSATION]: I’m just going to tell you that’s not ok.
SHERRI: Yeah, it’s not, right?
AMY GALLO [NARRATING]: Do you want to know how to deal with a micromanager?
KIM: It’s just, it’s a battle. I was told I was hired, “Hey, we want you to change this. We want you to implement this.” But everything they hired me to do is a battle.
AMY GALLO [NARRATING]: Or prevent a know-it-all from making you feel small?
OLIVIA: We had dynamics in which she would also need to be the smartest person in the room and the most well-informed person in the room. So, I was happy to let her kind of take the lead, and then it’s now started to become more of an issue because I’m trying to get promoted myself.
AMY GALLO [NARRATING]: Hi, It’s Amy G. And these are moments from a new series that’s coming to the Women at Work feed. It’s called Getting Along. The four episodes are a companion to my new book, which is about how to work with anyone, even difficult people. Passive-aggressive people, tormentors, pessimists, woe-is-me pessimists. In each episode, I coach a guest who needs help getting along with one particular — and particularly difficult — person. Like the woman whose colleague keeps encroaching on her turf.
LYNNE: I just came right out, I was like, “Hey, so I’ve been hearing that you’ve been having these trainings, having these meetings, and, you know, I wonder, like, why aren’t you involving me, why aren’t you involving my team?” And he was kinda like, “Oh, no, not doing that.” Yeah, but you, but you are. [Laughs]
AMY GALLO [IN CONVERSATION]: But you are. [Laughs]
AMY GALLO [NARRATING]: By the end of the episode, guests have the tactics and phrases they need to build healthier, more productive relationships at work. You’ll learn from them too.
OLIVIA: This is, like, the most important career conversation I’ve had. [Laughs]
AMY GALLO : I’m so glad. [Laughs]
OLIVIA: This helps a lot. [Laughs]
AMY GALLO [NARRATING]: Listen to Getting Along right here in the Women at Work podcast feed starting September 12.