Tips for Getting Along With Your Co-Workers

Do you remember being graded in school for how well you worked with others? Back then, I didn’t realize the importance of having strength in that characteristic. I see now that the way you interact with your co-workers can make or break your job—and future.

It may also affect how you are perceived in your workplace by your supervisor and colleagues. Most times you don’t choose whom you work with, so you need to learn to get along with your co-workers to be a part of a productive and successful team.

When faced with a co-worker that rubs you the wrong way, it may help to knock down walls to build a workable relationship. There are usually things about everyone that can be admired.

Here are some tips to use to help you learn and understand your co-workers:

  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Greet everyone with a smile and by name when you come into your workplace and when you leave.
  • Have lunch with your co-workers when possible. You may find it a relaxing time that provides you an opportunity to learn about them. They, in turn, can learn more about you.
  • Remember some key points about each person and use that information when talking with them later.
  • Listen! It is amazing what you can learn just by listening.
  • Avoid getting wrapped up into the office grapevine.
  • Seek guidance from those in positions of less seniority who may have worked in the department for a long time. They can be a fount of knowledge and guidance.

Because interactions are a two-way street, it may be the signals you are sending that create some unintentional friction. How you conduct yourself on the job can enhance how others regard you.

Here are some best practices:

  • Perform your job duties well and earn the respect of the team.
  • Don’t pretend to know things you don’t, it is better to research or ask before speaking.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Don’t criticize your supervisor or co-workers, or your previous job.
  • Knock before entering, don’t barge into an office or cubicle.
  • Give credit to others, up and down the line.

It’s important that you make every effort to work well with everyone. You never know when you may have to work with them again!

By using these tips, you may find that you have more in common with your co-workers than you originally thought.

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