We often read about things to do to impress our bosses. While this is super important, being a great employee is not just about yourself and your boss. It’s also so important to be a co-worker that everyone likes and wants to work with. This will not only help you make friends at your job, but could also help you form connections. Maybe networking with a co-worker can help you so that you get that position you inevitably want to be in. Here are some ways you can be a stellar co-worker.
Nobody likes the grouchy employee. Even if you don’t love your job, or are only working there for the summer, you still want to make a good impression. For some of your co-workers, this less-than-ideal job is how they make their living. You don’t make them feel bad about where they work. Show up each day with a smile on your face and a positive attitude. It’ll do wonders to improve your experience at the job and boost everyone else’s morale. Which is a crucial first step in becoming a stellar co-worker.
Get to Know your Co-Workers
You all are in the same boat at your job, whether it’s in an office or a retail facility. You and your co-workers are all working long hours together. So why not take the time to get to know your fellow employees? If your job allows for chatting while you work, it’s a great way to pass the time. You can even learn something about people you may not have otherwise encountered. If you can’t talk on the job, you can use your lunch or coffee breaks to be social.
It’s always more fun to have friends at your place of work. You can learn so much from talking to the people at your job, especially if you’re starting at a company you’d like to move up in. But even if you’re not, you never know what cool insights you might learn from others. Or, what great experiences you could have if you become friends. At the very least, being on talking terms with the majority of your co-workers will make the experience more pleasant for everyone, and put you on your way to becoming a stellar co-worker.
Listen to Your Co-Workers
Along with getting to know your co-workers, you want to actually listen to what they have to say when you do talk to them. If a fellow employee confides in you that a family member is sick, you should periodically check in with your co-worker about how they are doing, and how your co-worker is coping with it. Even if you can’t do anything more than asking, letting your co-worker know that you were listening to them and actually care can make them feel a bit better.
Your co-workers will remember the people who seemed to actually care about them, and if they later have an in at a place you’d love to work, they’ll think of you first. Plus, it’s also just the caring thing to listen to others. You would want your co-workers to listen to you when you’re confiding in them. So keep listening if you want to become a stellar co-worker.
Lend a Helping Hand
Everyone has those days when they’re just too overwhelmed. Whether it’s because they’ve been assigned too much work or because something’s going on at home, they just can’t handle what they’re working on. If you can, why not lend a helping hand to this co-worker?
When I was working at a camp this summer, there was one week where I had a particularly tricky kid in my group. Sometimes, I’d have to run after him, and when that happened, there was always a fellow counselor there to watch after my other kids. Counselors even offered to help out with my group when they didn’t have kids at their stations. I cannot express just how much of a difference this made to my week. Just knowing that I had the support of my co-workers made me feel so much better and made the week go so much more smoothly than it otherwise might have. If you can make this kind of difference to your co-workers day, why not try? You never know when you’ll be having an overwhelming day and need their help. And it’s sure to make you a beloved and stellar co-worker.
Ask For Help
One of the most important things in any job (and in life) is to not be afraid to ask for help. If you’re stuck on a particular project, go ahead and ask a co-worker if they have some advice. (As long as they don’t seem swamped with their own work)! If they’ve done something similar before, chances are they’ll have some good insights for you. Then you’ll be able to do you job even better, which will make life easier for everyone. Plus, it’s a good way to better get to know your co-workers, and learn valuable things from them. And when you become a better employee, you become a stellar co-worker.
Be a Team Player
The most important part of being a stellar co-worker is knowing how to work with a team. Most jobs require their employees to work together on various projects. And no one likes the person who can’t pull their own weight. That said, no one likes the person who tries to boss everyone around either. If you have the experience to be a leader, still listen to your co-workers ideas, and be sure to delegate fairly. Working together is all about sharing ideas and coming together to create the best final product. Share your insights, listen to your co-workers, and put your all into your part of the project. Then, you’ll be an absolute stellar co-worker.
Working with others isn’t the easiest thing, but it’s inevitable in almost any job you’ll have. So follow these steps to become a stellar co-worker and you’ll make some great friends and maybe even some key connections.