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The Art of Being a Great Coworker: 13 Ways to Improve Your Work Relationships

February 03, 2016
Aaron Polmeer

By (Carly Stec)

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This year, you’ll likely spend more time with your coworkers than you will with your significant other, parents, best friend, siblings, cat, and … well, you get the point.

Think about it: If you work 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, that’s over 2,000 hours a year spent with the same people — give or take a vacation or two, of course. That’s a ton of time, and can often lead to a ton of silent (or not so silent) frustrations.

This makes building positive relationships with the people you work with a priority — or in some cases, a means of survival. Even if you hate the way Jim blows his nose at his desk or you cringe every time Stacy offers her opinion in a meeting, you crossed paths with these people for a reason. And it’s up to you to put your best foot forward.

There’s a lot we can learn from our coworkers, and it all starts with finding a productive way to coexist and collaborate. For tips on how to but your best foot forward at work, keep reading.

The Art of Being a Great Coworker

1) Express appreciation and acknowledgement.

When people feel unappreciated in the workplace, it becomes harder and harder for them to see the benefit in going that extra mile. If there’s no one there to recognize the work they put in, there’s little motivation to continue to do more.

That’s where you come in. Whether you’re a manager or just a grateful peer, make an effort to give credit where credit is due. This can translate to verbal recognition in a company meeting or something as simple as a thoughtful email.

“Offer little celebrations of the good things or accomplishments in their life — getting promoted, getting married, winning a race, etc. A little note or nod of congratulations is always appreciated, and reminds people they’re part of a supportive team,” explains HubSpot’s Director of Content Corey Wainwright.

2) Respond to emails or calls promptly.

Everyone has a job to do. And if your approval or feedback is required for one of your coworkers to move the needle on a project, don’t make them wait. Bottlenecking a project is not only frustrating, but it can also have a significant impact on a person’s (or an entire team’s) ability to reach company-wide goals.

If you’re unsure whether or not you’re guilty of this, ask your teammates to specify a time frame within the body of their emails to help you keep track of priorities. Or, if you don’t have time to respond immediately, my colleague Lindsay Kolowich suggests “shooting them a quick ‘I’m held up right now, but I’ll look this over this this afternoon or tomorrow’ email.”

3) Steer clear of gossip.

Ah, the office water cooler. The place where Mark goes to complain to his sales buddy about Steve’s work ethic, and Sarah and Emily gather to vent about the suspicious …read more

Source:: HubSpot Blog