SimonStapleton.com

10 Tips for Being a Nicer Colleague to Work With

Estimated reading time: 2 mins

Here are 10 things to do to stop people sneering at you as you walk by their desk!

1. Pipe down. Can you turn down the volume? A loud voice breaks concentration! I can’t think of anything more annoying than the guys who boom their voice down the phone, or across the office (oh wait – how about the 9 below?)

2. Respect colleagues space. Don’t dump your stuff on a colleagues desk, or steal their chair if you’re having a meeting at your desk. This is a sure-fire way to get someone’s back up!

3. Respect print-time. Some documents you might print can take an age to finish. Hogging a printer this way holds other people up, especially if it’s a last-minute print before rushing into a meeting! Ask yourself if it really must be printed now, or consider using double-sided, multi-pages per sheet, and draft finish, if you can.

4. You’re not a DJ so why play music for everyone else to hear? If you like you music loud, the office isn’t the place to indulge!

5. Be early, and if you can’t get in early, be on time. People hate it when their colleague habitually turns up late. Get there in plenty of time for meetings too.

6. Be clean and tidy. Don’t leave empty coffee-cups lying around (or even worse, not quite empty cups!).

7. Stop hocking a loogie. The disgusting sound of clearing a throat, constant sniffing, coughing or any phlegm-based activity is such a no-no that it’s almost too obvious. But people still do it! Yuck!

8. Don’t call your latest squeeze. Nobody likes to hear cooing or a run-down of last night’s bedroom antics.

9. Your desk is not a good place to eat a curry. So don’t eat one there. Anything on the smelly side is best left to eating in your car, the park, or in a plastic bubble.

10. Need I say it – don’t be a sex-pest. Unsolicited flirting, touching, rubbing, or any kind of blatant sexual advance (innocent or otherwise) is not just annoying for others, but also a quick ticket out of employment.

Note: I generally don’t write articles that ‘tell’! Persuasion is my usual approach… but if you recognize any of the above in yourself, you will find it useful!

Do you have a tip of your own?

Then share it with us by leaving your opinion below. Thanks!

 
This post is part 6 of 14 in the series Getting to Know Colleagues
Tagged with:     , ,

About the author /


Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

Related Articles

Post your comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Affiliate Promotion

simonstapleton.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

Polls

When answering Employee surveys, do you always answer completely honestly?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
SimonStapleton.com located at Watledge , Stroud, UK . Reviewed by 18,205 readers rated: 9.8 / 10
My latest book: ACE Your Performance Appraisal$4.99 on
How Am I Doing?

Did this discussion solve your problem?

Then please rate this post or leave a comment.