Being the newest member of an office can be quite difficult. It’s almost like high school when you’re the new kid on the block. Everyone is looking at you but you don’t know if they’re going to be friends or enemies.
So you carefully evaluate how to be part of the group. Keep in mind that you are joining a workplace that already has an established dynamic. You can’t just come in and say: “Hey, let’s be friends. I can take over some of your tasks.” You must first get to know everyone, observe their interactions, and decide what you can do to earn the trust of your colleagues.
We all know that things are done more efficiently and more pleasantly when you get along well with the people you work with. Being friends with your colleagues is an invaluable benefit that could even mean the difference between staying in the office for years or rushing out the door in just a few weeks.
Here are five ways to build connections and communicate better with your colleagues:
1. Make an effort outside of the office
When you can, make an effort to mingle with your colleagues after hours or during meetings. You can grab a quick bite and talk about what happened at work that day. Ask them about their neighborhood (“Have you lived there long?”), Their families (“How many children do you have?”), and their interests (“Do you snowboard?”).
Be curious about your colleagues, but don’t be intrusive. They will share more information with you once you gain their trust. It also helps if you provide information about yourself, but nothing too intimate or too shocking, okay?
2. Stop complaining about work
Unless you’re all sitting around releasing the stress-related tensions you’re all feeling at work, it is best not to bring up negative things in the workplace.
You may be stressed, but that’s no reason to take all your frustrations out on your colleagues. There are different strategies for managing stress that don’t involve annoying the people you work with. After all, you all work for the same company. Even if you don’t really like the way things are done, some of your colleagues may have different opinions.
3. Look for common ground
A great way to learn more about your colleagues is to connect on social networks. On Facebook, for example, you can easily see which groups they belong to and which shows they watch.
You can start a conversation during downtime at work about any of these things. You can ask: “Who is your favorite character in The Walking Dead?” or “Oh, your grandparents are from Ireland? Mine are too.”
It can start with a simple conversation, but it can also pave the way for a lasting friendship that extends beyond the workplace.
4. Collaborate on projects
Obviously, we can’t do everything alone. When working on a project, see what tasks you need help with. Ask your colleagues for advice, especially senior managers, as they often have a better or faster way of doing things. Identify your colleagues’ strengths and ask for their help on topics that require their expertise.
For example, you can ask your office accountant to review your financial report. You can say, “I need a new pair of eyes.” Please take a look if you are not busy. » Emphasize that you value your colleagues’ contributions, but make it clear that you are not totally dependent on them. You will earn their respect if you show that you are capable and good at what you do.
5. Share the credit (don’t hog all the glory)
Don’t pretend you’ve done everything, especially if you haven’t. For example, when your boss congratulates you on a good idea that didn’t actually come from you, you can say, “That wasn’t my idea.” It was Kelly’s.
If you are still worried about being accepted by your colleagues, remember to do your job efficiently and quickly. Then, top it off by being kind and sincere. You definitely can’t go wrong with this strategy.
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This article was originally published at an earlier date.
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