How to Get Along with Your Work Colleague And Co-Workers
Getting along with Work Colleagues can be difficult at times, but getting along at work is crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You will need to be able to get along with a difficult work colleague at times.
Here Are Some Tips To Help You Maintain Friendly Relations In Your Workplace
Listen To Your Work Colleague Carefully
This sounds obvious—of course, I listen to other people when they speak to me! But too often when we think we are paying attention to what someone is saying to us we are actually distracted. Make sure that you stay engaged with your coworker whenever he or she is talking to you. If you need to finish completing something, let him or her know, and then give that person your full attention.
Take an Interest
This goes along with listening. If you don’t listen actively to what someone is saying to you then you won’t be able to take an interest in that person’s life. Don’t hesitate to check in with people, to ask how they are doing with their work. Just let them know that you care. A few words can have a huge impact.
Understand When You Should Back Off
Work can be a stressful atmosphere. Keeping this in mind will help you maintain friendly relations with your coworkers. If you see that your Work Colleague is preoccupied with a phone call or another issue, wait to speak with them. And always avoid interfering with a Work Colleagues free time. If there is someone who likes to spend her lunch eating and reading a book, you might not want to strike up a conversation with her at that moment. Respect that different people have different boundaries and ways of operating in social situations.
Be Concise In Communication
Whenever you are communicating with a work colleague, aim for concision. Be direct but polite, clear but kind. Always think about whom you are speaking with. If you are sending an email, imagine how the person might react to your tone and word choice.
Even if you are having a bad day, try to remain positive at work. Your job can be a stressful atmosphere already, and you don’t necessarily want to introduce more stress. Try to remain optimistic about new challenges and tasks.
Be Solution Oriented
I have a tendency to apologise often. But one day one of my coworkers said to me, instead of saying sorry, try to find a solution. In time, I have come to see this as valuable advice. Instead of apologising or complaining (something else I do too much of), try to find a way to fix the problem first.
Admit When You Are Wrong
This may be the most difficult item on this list. Who wants to admit when he or she is wrong? But doing so will show your coworkers that you are honest and humble. And don’t ever blame someone else for an error. That type of finger pointing will lead only to a negative and hostile atmosphere. Believe it or not, you often appear stronger and more professional if you admit your errors.
Your Word Is All You Have
If you tell someone that you are going to do something, you should do it. Simple, right? But we have all let ourselves and others down. It seems that this is just part of being human. Still you should work hard to follow through on your commitments. And if you fail to do this, do not be afraid to admit your mistake. This will go over far better than trying to cover up your error or—the worst!—blaming someone else.
Keep Social Media and Work Separate
If you can (and I know you can) refrain from posting details about your work online. Social media is a better forum for your personal life than your professional life. A good rule might be, “If my boss saw this, would there be negative consequences?” If so, then you might want to remove whatever you posted.
Getting along with your peers in any environment can sometimes be difficult. But in a workplace, maintaining friendly relations is critical to maintaining a positive and healthy atmosphere.
Think for a minute about how much time you spend at work—certainly, you want to get along with people you see this often. It may take work, but in time, you can learn to get along with almost anyone. And as a result, your work life and your home life will benefit.