Most of us spend more time at work than at home, so the workplace becomes a second home and the people we work with become an extended family.
We can either go two ways, look at it as a chore that you have to endure from Monday to Friday or seize the opportunity to grow, develop personalities and respond well to the conditions we find ourselves for the majority of our time.
Contributing by being part of something and building work relationships, becomes part of a positive attitude through interaction.
Here are the Get Out The Office six ways where we say ‘lets embrace the extended family’ and how to become a team member that others warm to:
1. Listen to your work colleagues
It’s always the small things in life that are appreciated from knowing when a birthday is to any special occasion that is on the horizon that has relevance to an individual.
2. Be yourself
There is nothing worse than being ‘someone else’ by putting on an act in front of others. If you appeal to the rest of the workplace as down to earth and approachable then you become a trusted part of an organization.
3. Don’t let your opinions get the better of you
Sometimes it could be easy to vent your frustrations on Twitter or Facebook, but is it really worth it with the unease that it creates, once posted? Being calm and collected is a huge asset to controlling situations.
4. Don’t go into a shell
The more you shun an invitation, the further the distance between yourself and your colleagues. Putting in an effort and at least being approachable, when invited by colleagues shows that you are willing and part of a wider team.
5. Don’t Become The Flirty Worker
Inside the workplace from Monday to Friday, the focus is the task in hand, as opposed to the opposite sex. Being overtly flirty, can not only come back to haunt you, but create a sense of unease and tension.
6. Be approachable
Having an attitude that is upbeat and friendly, helps set your personality in the eyes of others as an individual to respect and warm to. Nothing worse than being recognised as cold and withdrawn.
The workplace has its challenges but if you have an attitude that is more switched on, than withdrawn, it creates a whole new dynamic where you become a key member of the company.