Employers value the ability to work well with others. It is important to be conscious of how you interact with your coworkers, both when you are working on a specific project and around the office in general. Here are some tips for putting into practice good people skills in the workplace:
- Respect At All Levels. Do not treat people differently based on their different positions in the office. All members of the company deserve your respect, from the maintenance members, to the administrative staff, to your boss’s boss.
- Names. Learn the names of the people you work with as a sign that you know and value them. One way to do this is to use their name three times in your first conversation with them, and then write their names down later or keep business cards.
- Be Careful What You Share. It is up to you how much of your personal life you want to share with your coworkers, but be careful not to make others uncomfortable, and do not ask them to share their personal lives with you.
- Be Self-Aware. Think about your relationships with peers, supervisors, and subordinates…are there differences in those relationships that reflect poorly on you? If so, begin to adjust accordingly.
- Personal Space. Other people’s personal boundaries may be different than yours, so be aware of that as you go about your day.
Fostering good relationships with others in the office will make you a more valuable employee and create a more pleasant office environment!