Standards are important in any relationship, especially in the workplace. Establishing guidelines and protocols are paramount for success. First and foremost, it requires work and commitment. Below are a few ways to help establish standards with co-workers in the workplace.
Before establishing any relationship at work, be sure to understand the goals of the job. Asking a boss or supervisor for clarification is a good way to make sure that the team is headed in the right direction.
Everyone wants to be liked and respected in the workplace. Instead of focusing on oneself, shift the emphasis onto the group instead. Working together and instead of hogging the spotlight is a great way to establish a standard among department members. Respect is earned and being liked will happen when others respect the person they work with on a daily basis.
Limit the amount of personal information shared at work. While it’s nice to be friendly, a co-worker sitting on the opposite side of the cubicle probably doesn’t want to hear about the latest dating disaster from the night before. Use a little common sense and think about what the ramifications would be if one shared personal information out loud.
Keep work in the office and the outside life at the door. Just as family and friends don’t want to hear the intimate details of the office, neither does the boss or co-worker need to hear about the problems at home. If those issues seem like they will affect the working part of life, then perhaps seeking out help to deal with them is not a bad idea. Everyone needs a little assistance now and again and there is no shame in asking for it. Some companies may even offer a benefit program for such a necessity.
Establishing standards for the workplace from the get-go will set each employee up for success. In turn, maintaining those standards will provide rewards for the department when the goals are achieved quickly and efficiently. There is nothing wrong with having fun at work, but keeping the personal out of it lessens the chance for having any drama derail the road to success and future opportunities.
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