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ASK JASON ANYTHING: How can I work effectively with co-workers I don’t trust?

It’s a writer’s job to know a little bit about everything, and to thoroughly research anything he doesn’t know. ASK JASON ANYTHING is your opportunity to challenge Jason with a question of any kind, whether it’s scientific or religious, financial or social, political, historical. It can be something you already know, or something you’re genuinely curious to learn. You can ask trivia or knowledge or advice, and every Thursday, Jason will do his best to answer.

TODAY’S QUESTION:

How can I work effectively with co-workers I don’t trust?

How do I effectively communicate my ideas without the ideas pushed aside? How do I deal with my knowledge being questioned, my directions and suggestions being ignored, and things going on behind my back?

I’m going to dive right in with the blunt response:

You can’t.

If the question had been, “How can I best work with co-workers I don’t trust”, or, “How can I most effectively work with co-workers I don’t trust”, I’d have some wiggle room. I could talk up the potential while downplaying the limitations, but the question was:

“How do I work effectively with co-workers I don’t trust?”

And the short answer is you can’t. Read More →