Though co-workers can be wonderful, you could be thinking that some of them are a pain in the neck.

But whether you like them all or not, co-workers are here to stay. You might as well decide how they can help you or how you can avoid being distracted by them.

So say business writers Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon in their often-humorous book about dealing with various types “so you can get what you want out of your job.” So far, their I Hate People … has gained great reviews.

They do make a point when they say the person who has your best interests at heart is probably the one sitting in your own chair. They recommend “solocrafting,” which is essentially how you can move forward with your work under any conditions. What they advise:

Stop talking. Start doing. Stop asking (for whatever). And, make them (the supervisors and co-workers) believe in you. In other words, the writers of this humorous book are champions of the entrepreneurial spirit in day-to-day office life.

They also say teams with more than three to five competent people are not very effective and can stifle your creativity. Whether or not that’s the case, the authors admit they don’t have all the answers.

Regarding teams, they also contend that the saying, “there is no I in team” is not right. They recommend changing the letters around so you can find a “me” in team.