Posted on: May 17th, 2012 by Jen Mueller

A college basketball coach one told me, that players are willing to overlook the faults of a teammate, if they view him as a “good guy.”  Players they perceive as knuckleheads, however, don’t get the same benefit of the doubt – even if they are more talented on the court.    In this case, the players perceive that one person is better for the team, even though reality suggests his skills aren’t up to the same level as the rest of the team.

Getting to Know Your CoworkersThe example helps demonstrate that it’s important to get along with your co-workers and members of your team at work.  One of the easiest ways to develop that rapport is through conversations and positive interactions.  In fact, it’s really the only way to do it – despite a prevailing myth in business.

There’s a thought among many business professionals that “their work speaks for itself.”  It can certainly say a lot about you, but do you know what it’s actually saying?

For example – If you work through lunch every day to increase your productivity does it say you’re a dedicated colleague or that you’re unfriendly and dislike your colleagues because you repeatedly turn down lunch invitations?

Here’s another one – You took on a big project and assumed a lot of responsibility but it’s left you stressed and stretched thin.  You don’t ask for help because you want to prove you’re up for the task.  Does this show that you’re a hard worker or that you don’t trust your coworkers?

So you see, your work might not be sending the message you think it does.  Don’t leave it up to chance.  Remember, your co-workers often don’t know about your life outside of the office.  They don’t know if you’re the best parent in the world, the most active volunteer, or devoted spouse.  Your co-workers are basing their judgments about you on what they see at the office.

Give them an opportunity to get to know you through conversations.  Spend a few minutes talking to your coworkers at lunch.  Make a point to say ‘hi’ when you pass by their desk.  Ask them about a favorite sports team, hobby or maybe an upcoming vacation.

Make some time to get to know your colleagues, it makes for much happier teams all the way around.


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