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How to Get Along With Your Colleagues

Resources to Help Improve Your Relationships With Colleagues


Your relationships with your colleagues are important. Good workplace relationships can help you do your job better. They can make going to work everyday enjoyable. Bad relationships with colleagues can distract you and can turn a so-so job into a nightmare. These resources will help you have good relationships with your colleagues.

Respect Your Colleagues

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Respect is the foundation of all good relationships, including those you have with your colleagues. Do your best to avoid offending those with whom you work. Of course there will be the occasional prickly co-worker who is easily offended. There's little you can do about that.

Don't Discuss Topics That Could Make Your Colleagues Uncomfortable

Religion, politics and your sex life all fall under the heading of topics to avoid discussing with your colleagues. Many people consider these topics very personal and prefer to leave them out of the workplace.

Get Your Workplace Relationships Off to a Good Start

Starting a job is no picnic. Your new colleagues will scrutinize you as they try to make sense of exactly where you fit in. Be friendly, accept advice and get to know your co-workers.

Find A Way to Get Along With Even the Most Difficult People

You know the saying "You can choose your friends but you can't choose your family?" The same could be said of your colleagues -- generally you have little say in with whom you work. It is in your best interests to have a good working relationship with even your most difficult colleagues.

Don't Spread Malicious Gossip

There are two kinds of gossip you could encounter at work. One kind is the office grapevine. The office grapevine consists of the informal channels through which news about a company travels. It is important to pay attention to that kind of gossip. The other kind of gossip is the type that has to do with spreading untrue information and even true, but private information about other peoples' lives.

Practice Good Office Etiquette

Good manners are as important at work as they are anywhere else. Keep this in mind when you are using your cell phone, sending email or attending an office party. Hopefully your colleagues will follow your example.

How Well Do You Get Along With Your Colleagues?

Take this quiz to find out if you are doing the right things to create workplace harmony and avoiding those things that will create discord.

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