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10 simple ways to make your work colleagues like you

Posted by | April 3, 2017 | Uncategorized

Work: it stimulates the body and mind, gives meaning and purpose to life for many of us and occupies more than half of our time on this planet we call home. A broad definition, but definitely one that many of us can relate to (whether we actually agree with it or not is a totally different thing). Because of the length of time spent within the office walls, colleagues have a tendency to grow on us. Some of the strongest friendships were formed between managing projects or brainstorming creative marketing campaigns. These relationships should not be dismissed.

Working in Malta is very much the same, with a few extras. Given the size of the islands, the chances of bumping into colleagues outside work at an alarmingly frequent rate, are extremely high. Getting on well with our workmates is therefore essential for many of us.

Here at maltajobs.com.mt, we’ve drawn up a list of 10 tips which should help you out on exactly this front: building solid relationships with your work mates.

  1. Be punctual

You’d be surprised by how much people can tell about you by simply noticing the constant lateness of your arrival at work. Never more so than if you leave an early meeting hanging because “traffic was a nightmare”. If it was a nightmare for you, it was a nightmare for everyone. To be punctual is to be respectful.

  1. Make your co-workers feel important

Making your co-workers feel important goes beyond praising them for a job well done. Most of the time, it’s a simple matter of sticking to promises and deadlines made to them. If you really can’t be timely with your work, make sure you own up to your shortcomings. Honesty will always be the best policy and your colleagues will definitely appreciate it more than a half-baked excuse for your delays.

  1. Be tidy and neat in your work 

People love nothing more than working with someone who won’t leave meeting rooms in a mess, dirty plates and cutlery in the common kitchenette or an old banana peel in the waste basket attracting more insects than they’d care to see. Being tidy (and generally clean) will definitely help you win points with your colleagues.

  1. Be sensitive to situations around you

Working with people will undoubtedly create an ever-fluctuating set of dynamics. Many of us can perceive the general mood of the office as soon as we step in and – very carefully – act accordingly. There are those however who barge right through everything, oblivious of how people are feeling or made to feel. Be sensitive to what your colleagues are going through. This will help you avoid awkward moments.

  1. Make the most of your colleagues’ celebratory events

Whether it’s a birthday, work anniversary or any other occasion which requires celebrating (and cake), do try to spread it around at the office. It will make your colleague feel appreciated and will get all the office sharing in the happy event. Happiness is a contagious bug and a smile or a laugh can go a long way into building strong relationships. Perhaps you have a designer in your company you can co-ordinate to create funny, personalized cards or caricatures just for the event. If not you can always hire a designer through a service like Spotlancer. Or you could decorate your colleague’s desk before they arrive with the help of other co-workers. Simple, genuine actions are usually the most fondly remembered.

  1. Know when to draw a line between the personal and the private

So you’re working in IT and your bench mate is a developer who graduated with you. Although that’s all well and good, it does not mean this shared life event entitles you to exclusive insights into his personal life. If you feel that he or she is not opening up, then it’s a clear sign to back off with the questions.

  1. Offer help when you feel your colleagues need it

The oldest rule in the book – but the one your colleagues will be most appreciative of. Don’t simply assume control of things however. Show them you’d be more than happy to assist and let them come to you.

  1. Never take credit for something you did not do

This applies across the industry board – whether you’re in the Legal industry, Telecommunications, Health Care – you name it, credit where due. Always. If not, it’s surely your one-way ticket to the office’s darkest recesses from which a return to good graces is very unlikely.

  1. Be pro-active with out-of-office events organisation

Usually, the individual responsible for organising social events between colleagues is the one with the most pats on the back, and this is not just for jobs in Malta. So why not lend a helping hand next time your HR manager announces there’s going to be an event soon? (We won’t tell you’re just doing it for the pats.)

  1. And if you feel you’ve over-stepped and someone at the office holds a grudge against you, there’ only one way to make things right with the world again… Take food!

Remember, you’re working in Malta and as jobs in Malta go, you can never go wrong with a dozen pastizzi early in the morning when everyone is still bleary eyed and not too sure why they came to work. Grudge? What grudge? Another pastizz, anyone?