Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Are you a soul-sucking co-worker from hell?

Do your co-workers:

• Always have lunch plans that don’t include you?
• Seem to always be engrossed in deep conversation when you come around the corner?
• Have strange frozen smiles when told you are on the same team project?

If so chances are that, yes, you are a soul-sucking co-worker from hell. The good news is you can fix it.

Realize that not everyone is spending their work day doing what feeds their passion either. They are paying the rent and buying groceries, just like you, they are just doing it with a smile.

Quit bad-mouthing the company that you both chose to work for. While putting it down, you are also bad mouthing your coworker’s decision to work there.

Unless you are talking to the person responsible for making you feel underpaid and unappreciated…to put it bluntly “shut it”.

For heaven’s sake, quit constantly ringing your own chimes. Unless you have the ability to fly and turn yourself invisible – you are not the only one with your knowledge base or talents. Get over yourself.

The question “How are you?”…is really a greeting. No one really cares about your cat’s hernia and your great Aunt Lucy’s colonoscopy.

Stop and think about what you bring into someone’s office with you the next time you walk through the door. Bring a smile, a genuine compliment, and offer to reduce their work load or a good feeling about the work they are doing.

Remember Maya Angelou said “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Make them feel good and they will feel good about you?

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