Everyone wants to work in a friendly and productive environment, but sometimes even one bad co-worker can make getting your job done seem near impossible.
Psychologist Amy Cooper Hakim, an expert on employer-employee relationships, says this is a problem many people face.
"The biggest issues stem from improper communication, poor tactics," Hakim tells CNBC. "We need to take emotion out of workplace issues."
In a revised version of the book "Working With Difficult People," which was originally written by Hakim's grandmother, Hakim details how to deal with virtually every type of exhausting co-worker, including bosses and subordinates.
Here are few types of difficult co-workers, along with some tips on how to handle them: