Table 2

 Relevant questions to ask of a difficult colleague

Is he/she an alcoholic?Is he/she ill?
Is he/she manipulative?Does he/she have family problems?
Does he/she have any insight?Is he/she ‘nice but useless’?
Is he/she controlling?Is he/she rigid?
Is he/she rude and dismissive?Is he/she inattentive and bored?
Does he/she have an attitude problem?Is he/she in the/she wrong job? Is he/she nasty?
Is he/she a bully?Is he/she impossible?
Is he/she disruptive?