Your colleagues may not end up being your closest friends, but it’s important to get to know your coworkers to foster a strong working environment. There are often a variety of people at any job site, from introverts to extroverts, new employees to veterans, young adults to older adults, bosses to entry-level employees. Each person brings different experiences and backgrounds.
It’s difficult to get to know a co-worker who arrives to the office and quietly sits down and begins working. It’s sometimes frustrating to be in a meeting with someone who has an answer for everything–especially if you don’t feel that your voice is being heard. Or, there may be a few co-workers who are always talking and you feel left out.
Office politics exist, and it’s hard to communicate with everyone and create that open, welcoming dialogue. But, it is important.
It’s critical to recognize each other’s strengths, weaknesses, and differences. This awareness allows you to know the personalities and learn the best way to connect with each other.
Trust us, your coworkers will respond to attempts to connect. Even if you’re not after a close friendship, a professional and courteous relationship will benefit everyone. Don’t be afraid to take the first steps. You may try a simple warm greeting in the morning without much additional communication. Try emailing someone who is usually vocal with your thoughts so that you are able to fully provide your feedback. Consider inviting a quiet team member to lunch. Or, during a meeting, ask for everyone to provide input. This allows each person to have a voice.
Fostering an environment of respect, trust, and communication among all team members is a vital part of a great department and company.Share this: