I have been at a job for a few months now. We are a small business. I work in a small team of 3-4 people who are all on the same level : no managers except a boss who is rarely around.
I am really annoyed by one of my coworker who is always complaining over small and trivial things about job related tasks. Sometimes, this person will drop long sighs that I find very irritating.
We have daily follow ups with the team where we keep each other apprised of our tasks and progress and ask questions. My ideas are well received by other coworkers, but resisted by this individual who is also defensive when I ask questions.
While I have good relationships with my other coworkers, with this one, I am unable to do so. I have noticed that this includes making and maintaining eye contact.
I feel I am now in a vicious circle. My colleague's annoying habits make it difficult to engage, which then makes those habits more difficult to look past.
I want to have a good working relationship with this colleague, but don't know how to break out of this cycle.
What are some strategies I can use to overcome my difficulties with communication to this one coworker?