What is it about?

Difficult co-workers cause stress and create unpleasant work environments. But, who are they and what do they do (or not do)? This paper conceptualizes difficult co-workers as those whose traits and behaviors may provoke antipathy. The paper also identifies the links between difficult co-workers, negative attitudinal responses, and employees' intention to leave.

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Why is it important?

Our findings showed that difficult co-workers among Chinese working adults could be characterized by six key factors, namely, busy body, lording power, unprofessional behavior, sexual harassment, incompetence, and bossy. Structural equation modeling results identified that respondents perceived 'bossy' to be the major issue of 'difficult co-workers', followed by 'unprofessional behavior', and 'busy body.' More importantly, difficult co-workers triggered negative attitudinal responses.


We hope this article makes people to think about "Am I one of those difficult co-workers in my workplace?" and "If 'yes', how shall I improve myself so that I will not be one of those 'bad apples'?" Additionally, please share your thoughts with us and your loved ones so that we can make workplaces happier and healthier.

Professor W.M. To
Macao Polytechnic University

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This page is a summary of: The Effects of Difficult Co-Workers on Employee Attitudinal Responses and Intention to Leave Among Chinese Working Adults, SAGE Open, April 2021, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/21582440211015723.
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