It’s week six at my internship and I’m beginning to get a good grasp of my company’s work culture. While doing so, I am getting to really know my co-workers. My co-workers are awesome and they make my long days in the office, positive and fun. This study shows that co-workers play an important role in ensuring a worker’s happiness at his or her job.
Sometimes it may seem like a drag to get up at the crack of dawn to get to work at 8 a.m.(we all have those days), but having a good relationship with your co-workers can really help you stay motivated on those hard days where no amount of coffee can perk you up.
From my own experience, here are some tips to help you win over your co-workers.
Take the time to learn about your co-workers interests outside of the office. One way to do this is by spending your coffee breaks or lunch with different people within your organization. Make it your goal to invite one new co-worker for lunch. Your co-workers will be more willing to open up if they see effort coming from your end. During your hour lunch break, try to find one thing in common with your co-worker. I recommend finding any infamous PDX food carts near your work. It is a quick meal and there are many different options for the picky and non-picky eater. Everyone wins.
Be approachable. Make sure you’re aware of your body language. It is important to smile frequently and have a good attitude. If you are constantly hunched down at your desk with a frown on your face, it is more likely that your co-workers will think you want nothing to do with them.
Go with the flow of the workplace. At my internship site there are certain times where the office has an extraordinary workweek, this occasionally leads to a happy hour celebration. Someone in the office usually sends a group e-mail inviting the whole office to happy hour. If everyone gets together for a work drink or kickball game, it’s a good idea to show up every now and then. This will give your co-workers a chance to get to know you outside of the office; it also shows that you’re willing to spend your extra time with them. Happy hour with your co-workers leads to extra laughs in the office, which is known to increase productivity.