How to Get Along With Your Coworkers

7 Ways to Improve Your Workplace Relationships

You probably spend more time with your coworkers than you spend with anyone else, including your spouse, kids, parents, or friends. If you have a good relationship with them, that may not be a bad thing, but if you don't, your time at work can be miserable. Follow these tips to learn how to get along better with your coworkers.

Respect Your Colleagues

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For any relationship to succeed, the individuals who are part of it must have—and show—respect for each other. One way to demonstrate respect is to avoid doing things that might offend others. For example, don't leave a mess behind, don't come to work sick, and don't steal credit for someone else's work. More

Steer Clear of Cringe-Worthy Topics

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You might feel so comfortable with your colleagues that you think it's okay to talk about anything and everything at work. Keep in mind that your coworkers are a captive audience. They can't leave if they don't like the topic of conversation, and they may feel awkward asking you to change it.

Some controversial subject matters, for example, politics and religion, could even cause arguments that might lead to discord in the workplace. Wait until you're with your friends and family to discuss them. More

Get Your Workplace Relationships Off to a Good Start

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When you start a new job, you worry about a lot, but the thing that concerns you most may be your coworkers. You may be afraid you won't get along as well with them as you did with your former colleagues or, if you didn't get along with the people with whom you worked, you might fear things will be the same.

It may not happen overnight, but you will eventually get to know all your new coworkers. You can get off to a good start by being friendly. A warm smile goes a long way, as does asking questions and accepting lunch invitations. More

Find A Way to Get Along With Even the Most Difficult People

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The saying "you can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family" should be expanded to include coworkers. You can't choose them either. A few—hopefully not too many—may be difficult (just like some of your relatives).

No matter how much they annoy you, find a way to get along with everyone, whether you work with a chatterbox, a  gossip, a delegator, a complainer, or a credit grabber. It will make your life so much easier. More

Don't Spread Malicious Gossip

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Gossiping at work can get you into trouble whether the information you share is accurate or not. Resist the urge to talk about your coworkers, no matter how juicy the news. You will appear untrustworthy, and colleagues may fear they will become your next subject.

While you should refrain from gossiping, learn how to make the grapevine work for you. Listen to all the news that comes your way, filter out what is blatantly false, and ignore anything you come across that isn't helpful. More

Practice Good Office Etiquette

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Good manners are as necessary on the job as they are everywhere else. It is essential to remember this whenever you are around your coworkers. Regardless of how comfortable you are around them, always be polite.

Make phone calls in a way that doesn't distract anyone who is trying to work. Keep your voice down and, if possible, have personal conversations away from everyone else.

Take care when using email. Always say "please" when making a request and don't drive your coworkers crazy by hitting "reply all" to a group email when only the sender needs to see your response.

Be mindful of proper table manners when eating lunch with your coworkers. For example, don't tend to matters of personal hygiene at the table, put your cell phone away, and don't be rude to waitstaff. 

Be Kind to Your Coworkers

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Everyone has a bad day occasionally. When your coworker does, a random act of kindness may make his or her day much better. You don't have to do anything extravagant. You can offer to stay late to help him work on a big project with a looming deadline or bring her coffee and a cookie on a dreary Monday morning. More