On the same wavelength

March 12, 2019 | Career & job search | Nathalie Burg

How to get on with your colleagues

For a pleasant day at work, the working atmosphere between colleagues is crucial. But you won’t always be on the same wavelength as your colleagues straight away.

Getting on with everyone right from the start is probably something everyone starting a new job dreams of - but it’s not something everyone achieves.

Here are a few tips on how to get on with your new colleagues quickly

Birds of a feather flock together!

Our friends are our friends because to a certain extent we can identify with them. You and your friends may have similar interests, the same taste in music, like similar things, etc. At work it is no different.

When you get to know someone better over time, you learn about their hobbies and interests and perhaps find common ground as a basis for friendship.

Just as you like sharing your special experiences, your colleagues are also happy when they can share their enthusiasm or disappointment with someone.

A look says more than a thousand words!

In a conversation, body language plays an important role. Keeping eye contact with your conversation partner increases your own credibility and is a sign of openness. Even when you smile, you should smile with your eyes to show that your smile is genuine and comes from the heart.

Show interest!

“Who would not be happy when people show an interest in them, asking how they are, what they did the weekend or what their holiday plans are?”

Just as you like sharing your special experiences, your colleagues are also happy when they can share their enthusiasm or disappointment with someone. It bonds and you get to know each other better.

It's the little things that matter!

Even unimportant things can contribute to a friendly work environment. Remembering the age of your colleagues' children, the name of their partner, or simply their taste in music, irrelevant information at first sight, leaves a positive impression. The devil is in the details.

However, despite all the advice, remember: if you want to come across as an honest person, you should stay true to yourself and not pretend to be something you are not. Absolute honesty is the foundation of any relationship - be it private or professional.

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