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Things You Can Do to Get Along With the People in the Workplace Better

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31 Jul 2017 | 2:10 PM

For many, adjusting from school life to office work isn't easy. There's this urge to perform well and please everybody and while the former shouldn't pose any problems, the latter isn't exactly as easy as making friends in high school or college.

In fact, the office that you now find yourself working in may not exactly be a hospitable place in terms of making friends. Your co-workers may either be difficult to please or they may see you as competition, and you may unknowingly find yourself in the middle of office drama.

That's right; office drama isn't exclusive to girls. Guys experience it too, and the drama we face is arguably even more serious as it can get physical. Even if they are the most difficult people to get along with, there are things you can do to get along with them better.

Show you care with a smile.

People underestimate the power of smiling, especially when the odds are against you. Humans are naturally empathic creatures, which is probably the reason why most of us can get so dramatic. The upside to this though is that no matter the situation, it's difficult for them to resist beaming back when you flash them a courteous smile.

Greeting them with a warm "hello" or "good morning" along with a nice smile goes a long way to making them like you better. Despite their initial misgivings, they'll slowly change their opinion of you once they find out that you are willing to go out of your way to greet them and flash them a smile.

Give them a compliment

Compliments, no matter how small or trivial, go a long way in helping us get along with our peers better. Whether you're complimenting them on appearance or performance, don't impose a limit to your kind words.

It's no secret that the first things we usually see are each person's faults, blowing it out of proportion instead of offering a word of encouragement. Break away from this mindset and focus more on the positive attributes of your co-workers. What we do to them goes back to us, after all, and nothing is more fulfilling than hearing someone tell us what a good job we've done.

Avoid missing calls and emails.

Things can get very busy in the office and it's difficult keeping track of the things we need to do, let alone answer every call and email. It's crucial though that we respond as soon as we can when our co-worker emails or calls us as it shows that we value their time. We also avoid making their jobs unnecessarily complicated, which'll help us get along with them better in the watering hole.

Now we don't exactly need to be extremely attentive to our phone and email to make sure that we avoid missing calls and emails. Just remember to check them regularly and answer promptly. In the event that we do miss a call or forget to respond to an email, never forget to offer an apology. After all, it's better to be late replying than never replying at all.

Stay neutral

It can't be helped; sometimes, office drama goes beyond simple bickering and 'factions' will form. As the new guy in the office, we may find ourselves at a crossroads choosing which group to get along with. The feeling that we should be part of a group is understandable though as it's a part of human nature.

Still, better to stay neutral and instead try to establish a good working relationship with everyone regardless of their supposed 'group'. This may be difficult to do, especially if we are working with two people who are going at each other's throats. Approach them in a responsible and professional manner and make sure to avoid the temptation of talking behind a person's back as it may backfire on put us in an even worse position. Keeping neutral means we get along well with everyone and it also allows us to focus on what's truly important, our job.

There's a difference between pleasing everyone and staying neutral though. It's still important to have a point of view and an opinion. However, know when to speak your mind and when to be amiable. Little things make a big difference in being able to get along with people we work with.