Hi, Hater: Squashing Workplace Beef from Start Can Ensure Less Drama in the End

'Love & Hip Hop' star talks managing and overcoming conflict

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So you wake up, put on your fiercest business attire, walk into your office ready to take over the world and BAAAAAM … the hater is in your face ready to give you a daily dose of their get-under-your-skin antics. You put your professional foot forward, fool yourself one more time into thinking you can just be nice, keep your mouth shut, and ignore the hate, hoping it will die down and disappear. In actuality, all you have done is avoid conflict, a solution that brings momentary peace and is the calm before the storm.

Failing to address interpersonal problems in the workplace leads to loss of productivity and low morale, along with a host of other issues. This building resentment and hateration is hard to get rid of if not addressed at the onset. Hate can grow to a point of no return. At that point, the only solution is for the person causing the resentment to leave or “be punished.”

But, what do you do when you have to go to work and face someone who hates you for a myriad of unknown reasons, made you the victim of malicious office gossip, sabotaged your work and slandered your good name? You can continue to take the high road and ignore the taunting, but it will eventually take a toll on you if you let it.

I’m going to address those haters and tell you how to recognize them, why they hate, and how to rise above it.

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  • Succesful Sim

    I would like to commend you Yandy for being such a positive energy, and such an intelligent and classy professional…..that “keeps it classy at all times”. I’m very impressed with your articles and this one in particular regarding the workplace haters is on point. Unfortunately,I can totally relate to these experiences and have persevered . It’s unfortunate that we have to go through these experiences in the workplace however it’s all too common. Keep up the great articles! Look forward to the future articles. They are a welcomed attention to Black Enterprise.

  • Jessica

    I really enjoyed reading this article and I think that its one that many business people should read. I am a senior in college and interning right now, I see the office drama day in and day out. I believe that your ill feelings towards someone should be left out of the workplace however, if they enter it they should be handled accordingly. It should not be obvious to everyone around you that you have an issue with one of your co-workers. Because that the end of the day everyone has a job and a purpose and hating on the next person is not your purpose or what you were hired to do.

  • Chris

    Earl Graves, Sr. and Earl Graves, Jr.! Are you kidding me? Or shall I say the current over used phrase question…..Really?! Yandy Smith? You let her give “advice” on negativity in the workplace.The magazine states she was to give tips for entrepreneurial success. That article was about her personal experience on “Love and Hip Hop” and the negative environment that she partly created. You can just read the twenty something year old hot head attitude. I agree that she has been successful. She is a very pretty young lady. I just wish she would use her positive attributes in every phase, even when the camera is rolling. Bottom line the blog was as it was advertised. BE simply took advantage of Yandy’s popularity from the “Love And Hip Hop” show. Get it rightnext time! Graves Sr., you are still my idol!

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