Conflicts in the Office: Tips for Getting Along With Your Co-Workers

Does this sound familiar? You joined a new company and noticed that you were not really welcomed in the department, at least, as far as some of your co-workers were concerned.  Let me guess, there was a small group of people that were always “at the top of their game.”  Then you came along, excited, and eager to prove myself, you start participating in office meetings and made sure you shared your ideas and suggestions; only to find that your ideas and suggestions not taken into consideration. Let me guess, things probably got worse when your boss complimented you for doing a good job in front of the small group. Your boss sensing the friction probably even told you to just ignore them. Welcome to the world of office politics!

Regardless of how this small group of people may treat you, it is imperative to emulate those who are successful. If you happen to be in a room full of successful people, chances are, you will notice that they all have a common denominator: They know how to get along with everyone. When you fit in and get along with others, you can succeed and thrive in almost everything.

Whether you like it or not, interpersonal skills play a big role in the office. However, not all of us are aware or have the ability to get along with people at work. Here are some suggestions on how to get along with others:

Manage your pride. There is a possibility that you might be wrong. We all have had the experience of being criticized. Many of us initially respond by saying, “Who do you think you are? I’m better than you!” But if the criticism comes from more than one or two persons, then you must learn to accept that the comments about you might be justified. Maybe your actions or how you conduct yourself in the office needs to be adjusted or modified so that you can get along with others.

Realize that some of us have “bad days.”  Your friends and co-workers have lives of their own. If one of them is in a bad mood, it is not simply your fault, and it’s not your job to cheer that person up. You simply have no control over some situations.

Be understanding. strive to make friends among your colleagues. As the saying goes if you want to have friend, be a friend. It might sound old-fashioned, but it still works and is very applicable in the corporate world. If you want your colleagues to like you, be a friend to them. Be supportive. Offer your help once in a while.

Always look for the good in others is the key to overcoming conflicts in the office and leaving a positive mark on your place of employment.

Joshua Crawford | Managing Director | Get Hired Secrets

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