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September 29, 2017
Management 101: Reconnect and Earn Respect From Your Peers and Team

No matter where you are in your career, it’s important to work well with your peers. But sometimes that is easier said than done. These are people that you see every day and you see each other’s strengths, weaknesses and flaws. After a while it may be easier to see each other’s flaws. But don’t throw in the towel just yet.

In those moments it is important to remember that you are on the same team! You work for the same company, so you share some common interests.Keeping that basic fact in mind can be a factor in better business relationships with your coworkers.

Like any relationship, it just needs a little TLC to reconnect and earn their respect. So what can you do to overlook quirks and personalities and reconnect with your coworkers? There are a few ways to do this:

  • Be a good listener. At appropriate times during the work day, take the time to talk with your coworkers. But during your next conversation, take note of how often you talk and how often you listen to others. Do you find that you dominate the conversations? If so, try to make some adjustments.


Here are a few conversation starters:

    • Ask a coworker about their business goals

    • Ask a coworker about their family/kids

    • Commend a coworker about a strength or project


Remember that once you have asked a question, you need to listen. Resist the urge to jump in with your own story. This is the time to let your coworker express himself. Don’t force conversation, especially if you have been distant for some time. Short periods of regular communication can help rekindle the professional respect for each other.

  • Be a hard worker. Whether you have been on the job for 3 weeks or 13 years, it’s important to have a strong work ethic. However, when the new meets the old, it can be hard to make an initial connection. One generation may have a certain prejudice toward another, so the best way to break any preconceptions is by doing your best on every project.


    Here are a few things to ask yourself:

    • Am I known for being to work on time?

    • Am I willing to stay late when needed?

    • Do I do my due diligence or do I pass the hard work on to a coworker?

  • Give credit where credit is due. In order to move up the professional ladder, we may feel tempted to accept the credit for a project or a new idea, even if it wasn’t totally ours. Keep your coworkers happy and give them the credit when they deserve it.

 For example, if your boss commends you on the new business logo design, but     you only picked the color, speak up. “Thank you, I’m glad you like the color     choice. Did you know that Logan designed the new logo?” In this way, you take credit for what you did but also credit your colleague for his work.

Give these three tips a try this week and you’ll be taking the first steps towards     reconnecting with your coworkers.

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Guest Blogger Hallie Crawford is a certified career coach and founder of HallieCrawford.com. Her team of coaches help people find their dream job and make it a reality. She is regularly featured as an expert in the media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and US News & World Report. Visit her website at www.HallieCrawford.com for more information about her team's career coaching services. Set up a Complimentary Career Strategy Session with Hallie Crawford to get advice on your career goals. *Mention you saw us on Talent Zoo and receive a free bonus if you purchase a product or sign up for coaching.* http://www.HallieCrawford.com
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