10 Ways to make your colleagues like you

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Group hug!
Group hug!

Gone are the days when it doesn’t matter if the people you work with don’t like you. Nowadays it matters. Social media means that transparency is unavoidable—and with fabulous sites such as Glassdoor, it is actually very important for your company that your colleagues like you.

Here are some tips on how to win friends and influence people in the workplace.

  1. Do your job well. This might seem like a no-brainer, but it really helps. Your colleagues don’t want to pick up your slack any more than you want to wrestle with theirs. Do you work, and do it well, and you already have a big head start.
  2. Respect deadlines. If you work on a team and you have a project to deliver deadlines are the things that can make or break relationships. Ever want to lynch that colleague that is always holding the entire team up? Yes. If you cannot make a deadline, communicate that as early as possible and ask for help.
  3. Communicate. See the deadlines point #2.
  4. Ask for help when you need it. See the deadlines point #2.
  5. Listen like your life depends on it. That probably means that you have to close your laptop every now and then.
  6. Admit your mistakes. We all make mistakes, you included. Admitting to your own mistakes not only gives others the permission to admit to theirs, but it endears you to them.
  7. Fix your mistakes. This goes alongside #6. Don’t just admit you made a mistake without having a plan about how you are going to fix it. That would suck.
  8. Ask for feedback. Because you can always improve.
  9. Tell people about MobileDay. When they don’t have to dial into online meetings and conference calls anymore, you’ll be the office hero! (shameless plug!)
  10. Be funny. Humor in the workplace is underrated. You don’t have to be solemn to be serious. You can be funny, have a laugh, and still get your job done.
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