When it comes to career success tips, people tend to look inward. What can I do to advance my position? How can my co-workers help me get where I want to go? The secret to your next career move, though, just might stem from being a better co-worker. Here are three ways that being a good go-worker can benefit your career:
1. They can teach you something
We often get so wrapped up in how we normally handle and tasks and approach problems that we forget there are other, sometimes better, options out there. Taking the time to listen to your co-workers instead of doing things how you have always done them can be valuable to your personal and professional growth. Your co-workers have a wide range of personal and professional experience, just like you do, and listening to them and trying their ideas can be a great way to expand your own way of thinking.
2. You need friends
We all need friends. Even if you have a strong social circle outside of work, taking the time to develop working friendships will enhance your workday and your overall enjoyment of your job. Studies have shown that happy employees are more productive employees, meaning that enjoying your work environment will make you a better employee. And being a better employee can make the difference when the next promotion comes along.
3. They can help you
Ok, so there is some personal gain to having good relationships with your co-workers. But this only happens when your co-workers genuinely respect and trust you. Your co-workers will be more likely to agree to an idea or put extra time in to help you with a project if they like you.
So how do you become a better co-worker? If you are normally keen to pass on social work functions, start attending them. This is a great way to get to know your co-workers in a less formal setting, and you might find that you have common interests outside of work with them.
During the workday, practice simple but important rules of decorum. Look people in the eye and say hello when you see them. Ask how their weekend was, and actually listen. These small, personal connections are how relationships form.
More professionally, start asking your co-workers for their opinions on your projects, and accept their criticism graciously. Answer emails promptly and courteously, and be on time for meetings.
Being a good co-worker doesn’t just impact your career. It also impacts your work environment for the better. For more ideas on why you should become a better co-worker, contact us.