Whether you're new to the workforce or a corporate veteran, being well-liked by your colleagues is one of the most important ways to become successful. When they like you, fellow staffers will be more likely to pitch in on your projects and support your ideas. Not to mention the fact that a congenial environment makes the office a lot more pleasant for everyone.
With that in mind, here are 8 tips for becoming the Office Favorite.
For the New Employee
Remember Names. Make a concerted effort to learn the names of the people on your team. Write down the names, with a little map of the office. Use people’s names as much as possible during your first week on the job, to commit them to memory. If you forget some, that’s perfectly OK. Just don’t go 10 months not recalling the name of the guy in accounting.
For the Brown Baggers
Keep it Clean! If you've got a kitchen at the office, treat it as you would your kitchen at home. (That is, if you keep a neat kitchen.) Leaving spills and decaying coffee-grounds for others to attend to is rude, and will earn you a reputation as the floor's resident slob.
For Cubicle Dwellers
Lower the Volume. Whether you’re on a phone call or eating your lunch, be considerate of the people around you. You’ve all got to share this space. This is a workplace, not a dorm room. And unless you share the same exact musical taste, bring your earbuds.
For the Up and Comer
Remember Occasions. You'd be surprised at how much a little "happy birthday" can mean to the people you see day in and day out. It proves that you see them as colleagues, and that you’re attentive to details.
For the Fashion Plate
Dress Up, Not Down. Dress for the job you want…which is not always the one you have. But make sure that your workplace attire is industry appropriate.
For the Web Surfer
Beware Big Brother. Be wary of Tweeting, blogging or posting Facebook status updates over your company’s servers. Some personal web surfing on company time is fine (providing it’s not excessive.) But keep it appropriate. What you do on company time and with company equipment and bandwidth can be watched—and held against you.
For Social Media Hounds
Be Un-”Friend”ly. If you receive a Facebook friendship request from a colleague, let the person know (via face-to-face conversation) that you make it a practice to keep your work off of Facebook. (This is particularly important if you work for a large corporation.) And then, make sure you follow that policy consistently.
Don’t Bully. You should never use your position of power as platform for bullying your team. Not only will you lose the loyalty of your staff, but you will find yourself in a real bind someday when one of your employees becomes your boss. And it will happen.