How to Deal With an Awkward Co-Worker

Be warm and assertive toward your graceless colleague.

Be warm and assertive toward your graceless colleague
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The foul-mouthed. Launching a string of profanities or raunchy jokes, your co-worker's words not only leave an awkward air, but also a feeling of discomfort.

Such course talk could have legal ramifications, Heathfield notes. She suggests letting your manager handle the situation because inappropriate jokes can be deemed harassment. "Most companies don't want a lawsuit," she adds.