How to build sustainable relationships with your office colleagues
Your work environment is a key determiner of your daily mood and the overall quality of your life.
We've compiled a list of practical tips to help you build sustainable relationships with your colleagues at work or in the course of a student internship.
1. Spread good vibes. It all starts with a dash of kindness and positivity. Make it a habit to leave your personal problems at the door and put on a smile as you walk into the office. You may also engage in random acts of kindness from time to time to spread some cheer among your colleagues. And don’t forget the good old basics: hello, thank you and please.
2. Cut down on gossip. When you gossip about another person, you are first and foremost ruining your reputation instead of theirs. Try to distance yourself from excessively gossipy colleagues to minimize the risk of doing the same. Why risk talking behind a colleague’s back when you can simply address them directly if need be?
3. Acknowledge the achievements of your colleagues. Make sure to give credit to your colleagues when credit is due. Acknowledge and compliment their talents, personal qualities and achievements as this will not only encourage them but also inspire them to do the same (which eventually enhances the overall atmosphere at the office).
4. Show interest. You cannot expect other people to be interested in what you say or do if you do not listen to them. Do not undermine a colleague’s work, abilities or opinions. Listen, show interest and give feedback where needed.
5. Never call out a colleague in public for a mistake that they've done. There are better ways prove yourself than ‘scoring points’ against your colleagues. Never go on complaining to your boss about a colleague’s behavior following a misunderstanding (no reminiscing on kindergarten). Discuss the matter with your colleague in private first and try to reach a comprehensive solution.
6. Offer help when needed. And finally make sure to be there for your colleagues in times of need. But refrain nonetheless from imposing yourself/your opinion upon them. Be delicate and kind when offering help and try to maintain a cooperative attitude in your office.