By- Devin Fichetti
On behalf on of all working class people when I say “we all want a better place to work” here are some ways to help you do that…
Let’s start with an introduction…
- Stand up straight.
- Shake their hand.
- Shake direct eye contact.
- Give them a compliment(or two).
- Speak audibly and slowly.
What to say
To start, a little secret… most people love to talk about themselves.
So start with…
- What’s your name?
- What do you do for fun?
- How do you spend your free time?
- Do you have any hobbies?
- How did you get started working here?
When you take the time to invest in someone else by getting to know them you will sooner or later reap the benefits.
There is only so much you can say when you first meet someone. If the conversation goes well but time runs out ask if they want to continue over a coffee or a drink sometime in the next few weeks.
This doesn’t mean you’re going to be best friends for life either, this is purely professional. You want to make a good first impression but you may not want to do that on company time, so an hour or two after work may be what you need to solidify a solid working relationship. Maybe all you need is 5 minutes on a break. Maybe you need a couple times where you go out and grab a coffee or a drink but take the time and don’t rush the process of developing the relationship with each person in your workplace. Each situation is different and it’s up to you to decide what the best route is with each individual in your place of work.
Think before you act
This can be hard for a lot of people but when you take the time to think about your actions this can limit a lot of potential mistakes.
- Get to work on time this prevents you from becoming aggravated or frustrated so you are in the right mindset to develop these relationships and continue on your mission of improving your workplace.
- Plan out your day so you’re confident about the day when you walk into the workplace.
- Smile to as many people as possible. This will not only help you get through the day but it may uplift one of your coworkers who are not having the best day.
- Eliminate negativity- every day might not be the greatest but any negativity you bring in the workplace spreads like an airborne disease
- Offer to do coffee runs- a lot of people tell me their coworkers don’t notice but if you do this a few times they will take note.
- Compliment someone when they do something good. Everyone needs a little boost sometimes and even if it’s “Hey great job in that meeting.” That could change their whole attitude, for the better, for the rest of the week or month.
- The Golden Rule- We have all heard, “treat others the way you would like to be treated.” From my own personal observations, a lot of people do not realize that in order to do this you have to know how you want to be treated before you treat others that way. With this being said, take the time to take care of yourself and find out what’s truly important for you and then you will fully understand how to treat your colleagues. With this in mind, you will be well equipped to have the joy and optimism to give to the people who work around you.
“Give your best and don’t worry about the rest.”-Anonymous
By Devin Fichetti