Tips for Working Well with Others

1. Be positive about yourself.
2. Be Friendly, supportive and cooperative. Develop a reputation for being an easy person to work with.
3. Be a responsible member of the team. Those who pitch in and help when others are swamped with work are always appreciated.
4. Be considerate of others. Always show respect for the feelings, thoughts and opinions of others.
5. Focus on people's good points. No one is perfect, but almost everyone has at least a few worthwhile qualities.
6. Avoid discussing personal matters (yours or others) if you don't want that information repeated.
7. Make the best of any situation. Even the bleakest situation can have a positive side.
8. Seek assistance when needed. People often don't mind explaining or demonstrating tasks when it's obvious you've tried to complete them yourself.
9. Be complimentary to others when they deserve it; be sincere but don't "gush". Everyone likes to be valued.
10. Be proud of your accomplishments without bragging. Don't be shy about telling others that you're pleased with a completed task.
11. Recognize that each person has a unique personality and try to work with that.
12. Communicate in a relaxed, patient and pleasant manner. People respond more positively to calm discussion than to anger, sarcasm, commands or hysteria. There will be times in every job or relationship when you feel as if your world has turned upside down and disaster is about to strike. Work at keeping your cool. If you give the impression that all is under control, you're much more likely to bring things back on track.
13. Become conscious of how you are communicating non-verbally with others (your body language). People show their reactions through facial expressions, posture and mannerisms. Communication problems arise when what you say does not agree with how you visually act or react. In fact, the majority of communication is done without words.
14. Plan what you want to say before you speak. That way, you will avoid saying something you might regret later.
15. Be straight-forward in what you want to say. Talking around a topic or being ambiguous can create confusion and uncertainty.
16. Avoid making statements which put people on the defensive. use "I" statements to describe how you feel or how you are affected by a certain situation. For example, instead of saying "You make me angry..." say "I am concerned about...."
17. Be genuinely interested in discussions and give the listeners or speakers your undivided attention. Allow the person who is speaking to finish before you respond. This courtesy on your part will always be viewed positively.
18. Make sure you understand what has been said to avoid misunderstandings. Paraphrasing or expressing what was said in other words helps to confirm that what was said is understood. Assuming you know the intention of the speaker can sometimes create problems.
19. Allow everyone in a meeting the chance to discuss matters or offer suggestions. Even if you disagree with an idea, don't shoot it down immediately. Nothing stifles input, enthusiasm and creativity faster than being negative. People appreciate having their ideas considered, and will feel more committed to the outcome.
20. Give feedback or suggestions for change in private in an impartial, constructive manner.

Most of us have to work at communicating and getting along with others; it does not always come naturally. It helps if we think of how we would like to be treated under similar circumstances or why certain things have been asked of us. Having a positive manner and a pleasant disposition helps others respond in a positive way, too.

A big part of being positive and effective on the job is knowing how to turn negatives into positives - for some of us that's not easy to do.

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