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Do you ever feel like your colleagues are “getting away” with stuff at work? Have you ever wanted to rat out a co-worker for not being completely honest? In today’s “Ask J.T. And Dale,” career experts J.T. O’Donnell and Dale Dauten tackle the following question...

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Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to talk with a co-worker for five minutes. Whether you’re a new employee or you’ve worked at the same company for 20 years, it’s important to build good relationships with your co-workers. Think about it, you spend most of your time with your co-workers. Wouldn’t it be nice to know something about them? Or have something to talk to them about? Plus, when you take time to develop relationships at work, you’ll build friendships, work more effectively with each other, have more meaningful conversations, and just have more fun at work each day. If you’re just going into work, putting your head down, and leaving right at 5pm without really speaking with people, it’s going to make your work life less enjoyable. So, talk with a co-worker for at least five minutes today. Even if you just talk about the weather, make an effort to chat about something non-work related. Not sure what to talk about? Here are a few easy conversation starters:

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Your personal brand follows you around like a loyal canine - in your job search, online, at home, and even at work. In fact, are you even aware of how you’re branding yourself at work? The wrong brand can hurt your career (it can even send you into a major career rut), so it’s important to know how people might be perceiving you in the workplace. Does any of this sound like you?

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GRRRR! Is this person dedicated to make you mad? You know this person, every interaction with them leaves you ticked off and annoyed. They may do things that simply flip your switch or leave you spinning for the rest of the day. An irritating co-worker can do anything from bugging you because they smell bad to saying demeaning things to you. The range of behavior can be vast. How do you deal with someone so they don’t completely spoil each day at work? Related: 5 Ways To Build Relationships With Colleagues Here are some tips to help you with this situation:

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Are you the type of person who hates to be interrupted at work with "good mornings" and other niceties? Do you routinely avoid the break room or eat lunch at your desk? Do your co-workers hang out socially, but rarely invite you for an after-work drink? Related: 4 Tips For Becoming The Co-Worker Everyone Loves While you may think of yourself as an introvert, your co-workers may be interpreting your communication cues quite differently. They may feel that you're impolite, snobby, or antisocial. So, often with people, simple interactions and misunderstandings may lead to negative feelings and poor office relationships.

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