How To Be A Helpful Colleague

working together teamwork businessEveryone wants to succeed in their job, studies, or personal life. We live in a me-first world, and often forget about the value of supporting other people. An effective company, however, is run by a team. Team-building exercises have become popular because employers know this to be true. If people work effectively with each other, their morale is higher and so is professional achievement. Revenue increases as staff members learn to deal quickly and respectfully with problems and differences so they can collaborate creatively. How does one become an effective colleague instead of another nameless cog in a corporate machine?

Attitude First

Begin with an attitude audit. How do you regard yourself in relation to others? Do you believe you are superior? Perhaps you feel inferior instead? Maybe you’re not happy in your job at all or negativity turns you into a dark cloud at work.

The first thing you have to do is assess the way you think and then decide what needs to change. It is your choice whether to change or not; no one makes you unhappy or causes your pessimism but you. Take responsibility for the choices you make and resolve to change.

Put Others Ahead of You

Practice thinking about other people’s needs and putting those ahead of your own. This can and should be a subtle shift, one that your co-workers and peers realize because of their actions not because of a declaration. If you hold your newly generous spirit over people’s heads, it ceases to be generous. Everything is still about you.

Ask for input and ideas from others. Practice reflective listening. Help in ways that others find truly useful without getting in other peoples’ space. When it has become second-nature to behave supportively, others will want to support you too. Now it’s possible to achieve a balance where everyone is satisfied, yourself included, and compromise comes naturally.

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Behave Responsibly

Be willing to point out a problem in someone else’s behavior if necessary. Do you see someone coming in to work late every morning and suspect there is an issue at home or substance abuse? Are you aware that a colleague is struggling professionally or personally? Don’t cover for these people; tell them what they need to hear but do so with grace and tact. Offer help or show this individual where to find support. You could save a person from disciplinary action or loss of employment.

Unresolved personal issues at work are bad for morale, cause low output, and cause more frequent mistakes in the work place. The result could be that an employer loses ground in his field and winds up losing his company. The firm’s success is of direct importance to every employee. Other co-workers’ behaviors could be helpful or detrimental at the individual level too. If you work as part of a team or partnership in a given department, members of that partnership/team should take responsibility for one another and try to resolve problems before any action is taken at a higher level. Don’t be afraid to stand up for your own rights and needs but seek to express dissatisfaction with a staff member in a way that doesn’t turn you into the problem. Clear the air and clear your mind to work effectively.