10 Tips for Being a Better CoworkerBeing a better coworker mostly involves being cognizant of the old golden rule: Treat others as you wish to be treated. But it's easy to forget when you’re bogged down in everyday demands and deadlines. Here are a few simple tips to help you work on it.
1. Remember to compliment others.
If someone did a fantastic job on a project, tell them. Give praise where praise is due. They might not hear it from their boss.
2. Always avoid gossip.
It’s never a good idea to talk about others behind their back. It’s unfair to them, and who knows if what you hear is true? Plus, whatever you say about someone could get back to them, or passed along to someone else.
3. Be helpful whenever you can.
We all know how it feels to be absolutely swamped with too much work. If you ever find yourself having a slow day, see if you can help lighten the load of someone who is struggling.
4. Share your resources.
We all have specific strengths and talents and other areas where we are lacking. Look for ways you can contribute the most for the overall benefit of the team.
5. Share contacts.
Identify the opportunities where you can make meaningful connections between people. If a coworker needs a freelancer, suggest one you know.
6. Don’t whine.
Whining makes you seem ungrateful. Plus, whatever complaints you air around others may get back to your boss, who may think you can’t handle your workload.
7. Respond to emails and calls promptly.
No one likes waiting on a response, especially when we’re all trying to get things done. If you’re unsure of your answer, ask your coworker for a timeframe by when they need a reply.
8. Be humble.
No one likes when others boast and brag. If you got a raise, or a nice pat on the back from the boss, that’s great, but definitely keep it to yourself!
9. Include new teammates.
Everyone knows the awkwardness of being the new guy or gal. When a new hire joins the team, step up, make them feel welcome, and offer your help and guidance to them.
10. Bring snacks.
What’s the quickest way to people’s hearts? Through their stomachs! You don’t have to bake them cookies all the time, but the occasional muffins or donuts go a long way in reminding your team that you care.