For some people, being friendly comes naturally. However, for the quieter types, it takes more of an effort. Some people feel that they go to work to do a job and that chatting with their coworkers is just a distraction. Not true. While you definitely should not be spending too much time chatting with your coworkers, it is important for you to be pleasant and friendly to every person that you encounter at work. Here’s why:
Your coworkers will be more willing to help you.
When you are friendly to your coworkers, you will find that they are a lot more willing to assist you. Everything that you try to do will go a little more smoothly because they will be quick to pitch in and help. Also, when your coworkers like you, they will be a lot more forgiving if you make a mistake.
You will build your network.
Each person that you meet is a potential contact for your network. When you are friendly, you naturally build more of those relationships. As your network grows, it is more likely that one of your contacts will connect you with a job opportunity.
It will make you happier at work.
Work is a lot more pleasant when you feel like your coworkers like you. Showing up for work at a place where you feel invisible or where people are hostile can be draining. Taking the time to actively build those relationships will make you feel happy at work, which will ultimately lead to your success.
When managers are evaluating their employees, they pay attention to each person’s impact on the organizational culture. If you have positive relationships with your coworkers, you will build a reputation as a strong team player. This will open up doors for you to move up in the organization and it will make you more marketable to future employers.
(Written by Karen Bivand, Image Courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)