The Golden Rule says that you should treat others how you would like to be treated. Unfortunately, some people don’t apply it at work. Since a large percentage of our waking hours are spent at work, it is just as important to be nice there as it is anywhere else. Here are some reasons to uphold the Golden Rule while you’re on the job:
It is the right thing to do. You shouldn’t need a reason to be nice to people. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect. It is your responsibility to be kind to others and it also makes you feel better about yourself.
You may need their help one day. The person who is making coffee today could be managing the department tomorrow. Also, you never know when your coworker will be in the position to help you. If you are consistently kind to your colleagues, they will be much more willing to give you their support when you need it.
Other people will notice. Make no mistake; your manager is aware of how you treat your coworkers. It is your manager’s job to pay attention to the way that employees communicate with each other. If you demonstrate strong interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills, it is more likely that you will be given the opportunity to move up in the organization.
Have you ever worked at a place where everyone was at each other’s throats? It is not a positive experience. It is much more enjoyable to come into work when your coworkers are supportive and you are cooperating with each other. By being nice to everyone at work, you are helping to build that type of environment.
(Written by: Karen Bivand)