It can be tough to start a new job. You walk into a new environment, a new corporate culture with new responsibilities, and new colleagues. The balloon of excitement bursts as you realize you’re the big elephant in the room of your workplace. In an effort to figure out how to heed these disheartening obstacles we face as newcomers, we investigated 5 ways to gain respect and admiration in the workplace. Unexpected lessons and some serious realizations- ahead.
1.Interact with your colleagues
It may seem like a daunting task in the beginning, but strive to get to know your co-workers and take genuine interest in them. Getting to know them on a deeper level will solidify their trust and respect for you not only as a co-worker but a person as well. You’d be surprised at how a good simple “how are you” can make someone feel.
2. Go the extra mile
When you start a new job, you’re given a set job description that highlights the tasks you are responsible for.
As you get comfortable in your role and gain more confidence, however, you must be willing to operate outside your standard JD and go above and beyond what is expected of you. Your willingness to take extra steps to ensure success will speak volumes to your peers and boss.
3. Be positive in times of triumph
It’s very easy, and very common to let the new 9-5 workday grind get you down, especially when you are still clueless on what your actual responsibilities are. This can make it difficult to continue working with a smile and a productive attitude. Despite this, it is with the upmost importance that you persevere and remain proactive in trying situations. This will help foster greater levels of commitment and overtime will cement your position as a hardworking, well respected employee.
4. Avoid workplace gossip
At one point or another, everyone needs to vent. But it’s crucial to keep any commentary about co-workers off of company devices, email, texts, and especially elevators.
5. Respect others
In order to gain respect, you have to earn it. It’s not something that is handed to you right away. If you want to gain the respect of your co-workers, you should ask yourself how you can change your behaviour to earn their respect.
Inspiration image: Copyright: nyul / 123RF Stock Photo
By: Jennifer Wilcox
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