Tips to improve your work environment

Have you heard the saying, "if everyone you think everyone you meet over the course of a day is a jerk, chances are you're the jerk." Here are some tips on not being a jerk and getting along with your co-workers. Add them to your New Year's Resolution list and make your workplace a little more harmonious next year.

Be good at what you do. If you're good at your job, you'll earn your co-workers' respect, and your interactions with other people in your office will become much smoother. When people know that you get things done, they value your presence.

Be Dependable. An old saw says that 80 percent of success is showing up. If you show up when you're supposed to, complete projects on time, and be true to your word, the world can be your oyster.

Be a good listener. Work can be stressful, and sometimes it helps to vent. If a co-worker needs to get something off their chest, let them talk it out. And remember, they're probably not looking for solutions, just a sympathetic ear. And, of course, keep things in confidence. Office gossip can contribute toxicity to the work environment.

Be positive. No one likes a Debbie Downer. Most people avoid those people after a while. Positivity can be infectious (in a good way!) so feel free to spread it around. If you are feeling down (and we all do), develop coping strategies that won't impact those around you. Take a walk, listen to music on your headphones, or do a little journaling.

Avoid the drama. Every workplace has at least one person who lives to create a soap opera. Sidestep the temptation to get sucked into those traps. Office drama can be a massive drag on morale and productivity.

Don't be touchy-feely. You don't want to be that person handing out shoulder rubs in this day and age. Not only does it make people feel awkward, but it can also be a quick ticket to the unemployment line. And that was even before COVID-19!

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