How To Be A Great Co-Worker

We spend many hours in the office all year round to the extent that being a good co-worker is not only a means of survival but also a priority. Working with people who enjoy your presence and value your talent creates a positive environment leading to healthy and productive employees. Besides, who wouldn’t want to be the person everyone enjoys working with?

Here are 5 ways you can be that co-worker every employee needs at the workplace!

1. Smile (or better still greet your co-workers!)

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This may be a no-brainer but smiling or greeting your co-workers in the morning or when you bump into them gives away positive energy. If you are a newbie in the office, flashing a smile will help others warm up to you instantly instead of looking away awkwardly. In fact, studies have shown that smiling increases endorphin levels and is contagious – not only will it make you happier and more productive, it also creates good vibes around the office for other employees!

2. Be humble 

Being self-aware of your own limitations and abilities helps you build stronger relationships with your co-workers. For example, acknowledging that you may not be familiar with performing a particular task leads you to seek the assistance and input of other experienced co-workers. This shows other employees that you are open to ideas and willing to collaborate to resolve an issue.

3. Pull your weight (this also means responding to emails promptly)

No one looks forward to work with co-workers who procrastinate on the job. Be that person who is responsible and gets things done on time (including approvals or input for other co-workers to proceed with a particular task or project) without constant reminders.

4. Avoid office gossip and annoying habits

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In terms of annoying office habits in Malaysia, common pet peeves include complaining, being constantly late for work, talking on the phone too loudly and even excessive perfume!

As for office gossip – no matter how frustrating your co-worker can be, keep it to yourself. Being the person who always speaks ill of other employees will eventually earn you a bad reputation around the office. At the end of the day, no one likes being talked about behind their back. If you have issues with a particular co-worker, communicate with that person directly or raise your concerns to your boss in a discreet manner. In addition, if a co-worker tells you something in confidence, keep it that way and don’t spread the word around.

5. Give credit where it is due

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People feel valued when their talent and efforts are appreciated. In an office setting, employees don’t feel motivated to go the extra mile and perform tasks beyond their job description if their efforts are not acknowledged. It helps to acknowledge your peers when they have exceeded expectations or even for the assistance in reducing your workload.