How to Deal With a Suck Up in the Workplace

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Dealing with a suck up in the workplace always requires you to keep a few key things in mind. Deal with a suck up in the workplace with help from a public relations and human resources professional in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Darryle Brown, from BrownConsulting.org, and today we will discuss how to deal with a suck up in the workplace. Each day we deal with a variety of different types of people in the workplace. Some are really good with a strong work ethic. There are those that maybe they're level of work ethic may be varied and in certain degree, and then are those that have their own personal agenda when it comes to advancing their careers, even at the expense of other people. And those are the people that some would label as people that use flattery as a means to advance themselves maybe to a supervisor or someone in a position of power. But other people, they may, there's a variety of different names, but one, probably most safe for this particular presentation is a suck up, or a brown noser, or someone of that nature. The problem with a person that carries about in a manner in which they have their own personal agenda is very problematic for the work, and it causes disharmony in the teamwork of the workplace itself. Here are some tips to help you in dealing with a suck up in your workplace in an effort to help promote better harmony, and also maybe perhaps to address the issue with that particular person. Tip number one. One of the most important things for you to do when dealing with a suck up in particular is to exceed the boss' expectations of your area of responsibility. That is very important, because a person that is looking for means to advance their career at the expense of others, which suck ups commonly do, it is important that you are on your Ps and Qs and protecting your self, so that they don't find a avenue in which to exploit you and advance their careers in that fashion. Tip number two, ignore them, but maintain a level of professionalism at all times. Sometimes it's best to limit your interaction as much as possible so that there are no opportunities there for them to disrupt how you conduct yourself at work. Sometimes you will have to work with them in certain projects and certain areas, and when that's necessary, as long as you maintain a level of professionalism, that is very important in being able to effectively address the issues with suck ups. Tip number three, if possible, sometimes getting them away from the office is the best approach. So convince them to telecommute. They, then discussing that, you can discuss also the potential benefits, especially to the boss, about them increasing productivity because they're working away from the office, when in a more subtle approach, you're actually getting them away from the office environment, which can help to increase harmony and decrease the level of escalation associated with working with that suck up. I'm Darryle Brown, from BrownConsulting.org, and today we discussed tips on how to deal with a suck up in the workplace. Thank you for watching.

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