The ability of an individual to interact with others in ways that will encourage them to cooperate and collaborate with others is referred to as reciprocity by social psychologists. We can always learn a lot from day-to-day activities and interactions. Important life lessons are always right in front of us, whether it be from the different kinds of people we interact with every day, or the concrete knowledge that we are able to gather while accomplishing tasks at work. There are a million ways that the world increases our learning, we just have to keep our eyes open.
Here are some guidelines on how to increase your value in the workplace, as well as making the most out of your relationships at work.
- Resist the urge to be smarty pants.
Undoubtedly, you were hired because of your skills, talents, experience and other credentials that prove you are the right fit for the job. You were hired because they believe you have the potential to become successful, and they want to give you a chance to prove yourself. Despite this, you have to remember to stay humble. Be grounded, while still excelling at the various tasks at work. But remember that no one knows everything, even those at the top level in the industry or business you are in. Don’t be a show off: you have to learn to interact and control yourself from being a Mr. Know-It-All. In the real world of grueling and competitive workplace, individuals are expected to bring out the best in each other, not to outgrow or compete with one another.
- Listen to learn, not to judge.
For some people, listening seems to be a little more than insincere courtesy of letting someone else talk while they prepare their negation. This should never be your mindset when listening to the ideas and opinions of you co-workers and employers. “The most capable people in the industry are excellent listeners.” This is a very basic yet ultimately important lesson that individuals have to keep in mind when working on their workplace interactions. Make the most out of your conversations. You will surely be able to pick up a lesson or two with anyone in your workplace. You listen because you are eager to learn. So, listen to learn.
- Ask engaging questions.
Do not be afraid to ask. Engaging in meaningful conversations includes exchanging points, opinions, and views on certain topics or issues within the workplace or particularly on the work itself. Keep the lines open, however as mentioned above, be careful to not be offensive, invasive, or unprofessional.
- Practice empathy.
Be sensitive to others. Keep in mind that your workplace is your second home. Make sure to keep your relationships with co-employees intact. You should think twice about harming your relationships with them and one day becoming the work villain or antagonist. Always think before you speak. Learn to evaluate your words and actions well. Be sensitive of other’s feelings even before you act or say something.