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How to be a great colleague at work?
By Gayathri Ramachandran
 
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How to be a great colleague at work?

1) Appreciate and acknowledge your coworkers.

When people feel unappreciated at their workplace, it becomes harder for them to see the benefit in going that extra mile. If there's no one there to recognize the work they put in, there's little motivation to continue to do more.

That's where you come in. Whether you're a manager or just a grateful peer, make an effort to give credit where credit is due.

2) Be humble.

Being humble doesn't translate to selling yourself. Instead, humility actually shows that you have a clear perspective and you're self-aware -- which is actually a sign of emotional intelligence.

In an office setting, this ability to recognize your own limitations and shortcomings can make it easier for you to build meaningful relationships with your coworkers.

3) Avoid annoying office habits.

Be considerate of others. If you share common spaces such as meeting rooms, be sure to clean up after yourself and avoid exceeding the time you booked it for. If you have an open office floor plan, be conscious of how loud you play your music or how frequently you take long calls.

4) Reach out to new teammates.

New job nerves are the pits. You toss and turn the night before your big first day worrying about everything from your new commute to whether or not you'll fit in to what "fun facts" you'll share about yourself during mandatory ice breakers.

To make new team members feel at ease, make an effort to help them get situated during their first few days or weeks on the job -- even if it's just through little considerations like welcoming questions or giving them the low-down on where to grab lunch.

5) Bring snacks.

Remember in elementary school when you used to bring in cupcakes on your birthday? Why'd you ever stop?

This one's simple: One of the best ways to your coworker's heart is through their stomach. (Just be conscious of food allergies.)

6) Make valuable connections and introductions.

Heard one of your coworkers is looking for a freelancer for the project they're working on? You know just the guy! So make the connection.

Help your coworkers achieve their goals by identifying opportunities to make introductions between folks who would benefit from knowing one another. Maybe you recommend a potential candidate for an open position on your team or connect a new hire with a tenured employee to provide them with some guidance.

7) Create traditions.

Here's the thing about workplace traditions: Aside from being a great excuse to eat, they provide a shared experience for people to look forward to. Whether you indulge in weekly burritos, venture out on a outdoor team retreat, or just grab a few drinks for a colleague's birthday, these gatherings can help people build stronger connections while strengthening your company's identity and culture.

Want to be the one to bring new energy to your office? Coin a new tradition. To inspire your efforts, here are a few fun outing ideas and team building activities everyone will enjoy.

8) Just listen.

Sometimes the most helpful thing you can do for a coworker is to give them a chance to get a few things off their chest. Active listening is empathic skill that will help you truly understand what your coworker is going through, so that you can better help them arrive at a solution.

Considering our ability to detect, understand, and feel one another's emotions influences the way we form bonds and strengthen relationships, this small act of kindness can go a long way in establishing trust and comradery.