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TOP TIPS ON BEING A GOOD COLLEAGUE

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TOP TIPS ON BEING A GOOD COLLEAGUE

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” – Quote by American basketball player Michael Jordan.

Joining a new/first organization is always a stressful time. Getting used to the work, routine, people, and processes in the initial weeks can take its toll. Finding your footing in a team/department takes its time. In order to help all who face adjustment issues with team members etc, we have put together some tips on improving ties. These are some suggestions and we shall be happy to hear others from you our dear readers based on your personal experiences.

The top tips on being a good colleague are:

  • Stop complaining or raising issues frequently with the management/supervisors etc. In order to encourage a sense of team spirit and camaraderie, it is imperative for all to deal with team issues internally as much as possible. This means not being a snitch or running to the leadership over every minor issue or situation. Solve every challenge and sort out any differences amicably with the team member or members. 

  • Consult your immediate senior/supervisor on advice on improving ties with colleagues, new and old. Such an approach is positive and appreciated by the company.  

  • If you have any issues with a colleague, it's best to broach the topic with them at leisure and seek a 1 – on – 1 to thrash out / discuss all issues between you.  Hear the other person, don’t be combative/defensive, talk in a respectful & cordial manner, be open-minded, admit your mistakes, and reassure the other person(s).  Schedule such interactions at a day and time when work pressure is low and stress factors under control. 

  • Offer your help to colleagues with their tasks etc. If you are free, volunteer your time to help your teammates with their tasks/assignments, etc. This is an excellent way to build rapport, tide over ill feelings, and demonstrate your eagerness to be a good colleague. Even if they turn down your help, at least the message has been sent across.  

  • Spend time with your colleagues away from the workspace/station. It could mean going for a post-lunch walk, eat lunch together, have coffee or drinks post-work, and so on. Get to know them on a personal level and build bonds that will last for a long time. 

  • Participate in all team-building activities, exercise, and off-sites. Bonding happens in different ways and by participating happily in such activities you get to know your colleagues better, joke and laugh with them, lay down walls built between team members, and become better team players. 

  • Always be respectful, humble, and conciliatory in tone & body language with all. Junior or senior all deserve equal respect and consideration. 

About the Author

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RS Maan

Maan joined Salesforce Ecosystem in 2008 with entry of Salesforce in APAC region. He worked on many of the underlying Salesforce Products & it’s functionality, including Heroku, Chatbots, and Einstein before leading Codleo Consulting - Leading Partner of Salesforce.com & Salesforce.org. In his spare time, he immerses himself in travel, books and spirituality.

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