Work is a place where most of us spend the majority of of time. Think about it. There are a 168 hours in a week. If you work a full-time job, you spend at least 40 hours a week at work. Add 20 for commuting and lunch breaks. Sleeping takes up at least 49 hours a week. That leaves you 60 hours a week to cram in everything with your family, friends, and most importantly, yourself. Because you spend so much time at work, the people that you work with practically become your family. Whether you like it or not. For the most part, people enjoy who they work with, and if they don’t, people usually last shorter amounts of time at their job. Getting along with your co-workers is a must in the office. Even if you aren’t best friends with your co-workers, having a sense of camaraderie will make your work life much easier. Here are 5 tips to improve the relationship that you have with your co-workers.
1) Be interested in your co-workers
When you are actually interested in people, they notice. One of the most important things is to ask questions. People love to talk about themselves, so asking questions can really show that you want to know the person.
When co-workers are talking about themselves―listen. Or at least look like you are listening. Better yet, listen and remember what they said. If they said that they are cutting back on sweets, and you bring in donuts the next day, remember to bring them an apple just in case. People love the little things. And little things do count.
3) Don’t blab
4) Be positive
When talking to your co-workers, always try to keep the conversation positive. Smile and laugh a lot. You don’t want to be overbearing and always brooding. Keep your workplace fun and light. Not dull and unhappy./p>
5) Use more than your words
The way your say things and how you communicate with others says a lot more than what you are actually saying. If you say things in a happier tone, people will associate what you say with your tone. If your body language shows that you are open and relaxed with the people that you are taking with, people will respond to you. It’s all about presenting yourself. People will notice.
Be friends with your co-workers. It will not only make work a more enjoyable place to be, you will also be more productive. And who knows, you might be next inline for a promotion, and with all your co-workers as your friends, you will be able to do a better job. Use these 5 tips and see where they take you.
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