Posted on: January 12th, 2012 by Jen Mueller

There’s a misconception in the workforce that as long as you’re a hard worker and do your job, nothing else matters.   All of us hard working types would like to believe that’s true, but it’s not.

Your relationships with coworkers matter and so does your visibility within your workplace. 

Talk Sporty to Me Blog, Jen Mueller CEOIf your coworkers don’t like working with you, eventually it’s going to come out.  New York Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez is going through that right now.  He’s been in the news this week after anonymous teammates called him lazy.  The Jet’s owner disagrees saying Sanchez “is the first guy in the building every morning and the last one to leave.”  It’s a nice to have the backing of the owner, but the negative reaction by teammates who work with Sanchez every day is raising red flags.

Compare that to the story that came out of San Diego last week that Philip Rivers’ relationship with Head Coach Norv Turner may have saved Turner’s job.  Rivers went directly to the owner to show support for Turner, and the owner factored that into his decision to keep Turner.  It’s understood that NFL head coaches work hard.  They usually are among the first to arrive and last to leave, but that wouldn’t have been enough to save his job.  His relationship with his players made the difference.


Your relationships at work make a difference, too.  Don’t simply put your head down and rely on your hard work, talk to your coworkers and engage with them.  That’s the only way they’ll get to know you and like you.  Try these simple things:

  1. Start the morning by making the rounds to say ‘hello’
  2. Make eye contact when someone is talking to you
  3. Opt for a face-to-face conversation with a coworker instead of email

If you don’t know how to start that conversation, consider using one of the sports topics mentioned in this week’s conversation starters video blog.   


America's Expert Talker, CEO Talk Sporty to MeJen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, helps business professionals understand the sports conversations that happen every day at work.  Jen’s practical approach helps professionals join the conversations, sound intelligent, and understand how to use sports conversations to their advantage in business.   Her practical and humorous approach comes from her 12 years of experience as a sports broadcaster.  Jen is available to speak for keynotes, presentations and workshops.  Contact for more information and read more at