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Photo: fizkes (Shutterstock) Isn’t it wonderful when you make friends at your job? You can go out after work, commiserate about your shared experiences, and remain pals long after you’ve departed your company. But for as lovely as that is, there is a darker opposite situation: Sometimes, you absolutely hate a coworker. You can still be productive at work and get things done in spite of your overwhelming dislike for a colleague, though. Here’s how. Practice “professional detachment” First thing’s first: Compartmentalize your feelings. This one is obvious, but you have to maintain it. “Practice something called professional detachment,” said Laurie Reuttimann , an HR consultant and the author of Betting on You: How to Put Yourself First and (Finally) Take Control of Your Career . “Treat that person like a client and not a co-worker. If they’re clients, you get to have a little bit of emotional distance. You also get to set boundaries. Finally, it doesn’t matter if they make you mad, because at the end of the day, they’re just not part of your life. They’re part of your network. You can technically emotionally fire them.” One worker in the digital space who asked not to be named out of a disinterest in torching professional bridges recalled a time six years ago when he worked with someone whose personality was abrasive and whose unapologetic politics he found downright distasteful. “Honestly, we got on fine,” he said, adding, “I left the company a few weeks later.” No, […]