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:
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.