Professional Development


Good office etiquette helps build the foundation for a healthy work environment. This will not only be beneficial to your fulfilling work experience, but it will also help motivate and create a good working relationship with your colleagues. There are different ways to work on making the most out of your interactions with your co-workers. Establishing relationships with people from work makes the tasks that you do considerably lot easier. Not only because you will have people to help you in times of need, but also because it will foster a very stimulating work environment. When you’re working at a small business, professional connections are even more powerful, since people work in close quarters. Likewise, working in big companies will also entail the need for utilizing professional networks in order to accomplish certain tasks.  What’s more, having a friend at the office will of course make you like your job more. It will contribute to your having a good day at the office, instead of an unhappy one spent with people you don’t connect with. Clearly, learning to interact effectively with colleagues produces a number of benefits, both personal and professional.


An individual must share an earnest relationship with his fellow workers to remain happy and satisfied at work. Don’t fight with your colleagues and spoil the decorum of the office. You need people around to talk to, discuss several issues, evaluate the pros and cons of your ideas, and finally come to a solution which would be fruitful to you and to others, as well as the company.

One needs to be sensible enough to understand that every organization has a set of policies, and that it is mandatory for everyone to abide by the rules and regulations. One can’t go against the policies just because he or she feels like it. One can’t get all the comforts at his office just like in a home or a college. You can’t be too fussy at work. Your company is investing money on your abilities and skills. That is why you need to produce quality work that would be beneficial to them. No resources should be wasted by simply hanging out at the office doing nothing.

Being professional involves being punctual. It does not only show respect to the people you’re working with, but it also shows respect to the effort and the time they give to work in the company. At work you cannot always be late for take leaves whenever you like. There would be times when you wish to be with your friends or family, but if your company needs you, you have to be there and accomplish your given tasks. Excuses don’t work in such a scenario. Professional commitments are far more important than personal pleasures.

Employ active listening techniques. To develop positive work relationships, it is important to listen closely to what your colleagues are saying. Active listening techniques involve repeating back to the person who is talking what you heard him or her say. This assures that you and your co-worker are on the same page, and that miscommunication is avoided.

Attend office social events. Although you may be tempted to hit the “decline” button because of commitments at home, you will see that it is an invigorating experience because people are more free and easy at these functions than they are when they’re rushing to get work done. Don’t see office events as time wasters, but as opportunities to make connections. Socialize outside of the workplace. If you see a co-worker on the subway, don’t ignore her: strike up a conversation. If you find out that some of your colleagues live close to you, suggest a carpool. If you’ve had a few interesting water cooler conversations with a cow-orker, suggest going out for drinks sometime.

Treat everyone the same. Office politics can be deadly and sometimes even unavoidable, but reduce your involvement in them wherever possible. Don’t gossip or get involved in it when others do.

Co-workers should be able to freely express their thoughts on work-related issues in a professional manner. In team meetings or one-on-one sessions, co-workers should be encouraged to voice their opinions about a project and express their ideas. Open communication is important for team building and increasing morale. If you are a supervisor or a director, it is your responsibility to establish an office culture in which employees feel comfortable expressing themselves.

When building positive relationships, it is important to act in a respectful manner. Be respectful to your co-workers by listening to their positions, ideas, concerns, and opinions. Respond correspondingly in a professional manner.

These are just some of the things that can be done to build a professional development among your co-workers. Work hard on it, and don’t take anyone for granted. You wouldn’t want anyone doing the things you despise, so make sure you are sincere and honest in every encounter that you’ll have with them.


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