Maintaining a good relationship with your co-workers is very important. It will usually have an effect on how you feel about your job and it will also have an effect on the things that happen at your job. The key to getting alone with your co-workers without getting to involved as to where you can get in trouble, cause a fight, or suddenly become uncomfortable at your job is to be close but not too close. The boundaries have to be set by you and you have to keep them. In this article I will talk about things that you should do to keep these boundaries.
– Don’t talk about personal matters
Discussing personal matters is something that can quickly take you and your coworker’s relationship beyond the limits that you want to go. It will only bring about the ability for gossip and possibly talk behind your back. Keep your personal matters at home or away from your job. If someone else comes talking to you about something personal just smile and say something sympathetic but short. You don’t have to be rude, just don’t talk about yourself either.
– Discuss the news
If you are absolutely in need of communication with your co-workers then talking about recent national or local news is the best route to go. This is neither personal to each one of you and everyone else can hear without you having a problem. Try to stay away from very controversial topics though like racism, sexual orientation, immigration and such things because people might get offended.
– Give out compliments
The way to get along with your co-workers is to be nice; make the impression that you’re a good caring co-worker and you’ll get the same in return without having to go into a more serious relationship. If someone is wearing something nice, smelling like something nice, or has done something good then compliment. Complimenting people is something that can help build professional relationships. If you have nothing nice to say then just smile and don’t say anything; keep bad comments to yourself.
– Be courteous
If someone needs help with a certain task and you’re not doing anything then volunteer to help. This can be very greatly appreciated and it will certainly help you to have a good relationship with your co-workers without being too involved in other ways. Always open doors, say “Bless you” after a sneeze, say thank you’s and you’re welcome’s, and all sorts of things like that.
– Always smile
If you’re not into doing any of the above things because of reasons such as you don’t want to be nice when you’re not really nice then the least you can do is just smile. Don’t take anything too personal at work; just smile and keep it cool. This is the thing that will make you become part of the club but not a member of it which is what you want.