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How to Get Along With Your Co-workers

When you are working, you are evaluated based on your job responsibilities.  However, your relationship with your coworkers is the key to your success.  If you have been having problems getting along with your colleagues then this is a skill that you need to improve upon.  Here are some tips that will help:

Be respectful.  Treating people with respect is simple but it's crucial.  Smile and say good morning, respond to emails promptly, show up to meetings on time and don't look at your phone when you are talking to people.  If you treat people how you would like to be treated, you won't go wrong.   

Address conflicts carefully.  Often when you are working, conflicts are inevitable.  They don't have to cause damage to your relationships but they do need to be handled delicately.  Be direct with your co-workers and try to stay focused on solving the problem.  If you always prioritize maintaining a positive relationship with your co-workers, the occasional conflict won't be an issue. 

Don't participate in office politics.  While it may not be possible to avoid office politics altogether, try to minimize your participation in it.  Don't gossip, and don't take sides in your co-workers' conflicts.  Getting involved in drama will never benefit you. 

Be supportive.  Like you, your co-workers each have their own job requirements and personal goals.  They are going to be a lot more willing to help you if you support them in their work.  If your co-worker has a big event or deadline coming up, ask them if there is any way that you can help.  If there is a social event, be one of the people who sticks around to help clean up.  Whenever you see any opportunity to assist a co-worker, do it!

Try to get to know them.   One of the best ways to build a relationship with your co-workers is to make an effort to get to know them.  Take an interest in their life outside of work.  Learn about their hobbies and the names of their children.  When your relationship progresses past your responsibilities at work, you may build a type of friendship and you will naturally support each other more.    

Some people make the mistake of thinking that their relationships with their co-workers are unimportant when compared to their job responsibilities but the truth is that it's all important.  Your manager wants employees who strengthen the team and you will be able to perform your job responsibilities better with the support of your colleagues.  Also, you will enjoy your time at work much more if you build friendships there. 


(Written by Karen Bivand, Image by