Whether you work with a remote team or in an office environment, actions always speak louder than words. This is especially true of the visual cues that many of us share with our fellow team members. Good or bad, your reactions speak volumes about how you truly feel about something.
Here are some Dos and Don’ts to keep in mind when interacting with your fellow team members.
DO: give genuine praise often.
It’s easy for us to take each other for granted when we’re wrapped up in the daily grind of task lists and deadlines. Everyone on your team matters and it only takes a moment to let them know.
DON’T: take drastic measures when you’re tired of hearing excuses.
Ever been in a long meeting covering topics that should have been done days, weeks, or even months ago? It happens and it’s tough to keep your frustration at bay. Our advice is to breathe deep and count to ten.
DO: make work a fun place to be.
Work is work, but it doesn’t have to be boring. If you can’t go the Google route and install a slide to get from one floor of the office to another, why not loosen up and do a little boogie every now and then? Go ahead. You know you want to.
DON’T: let the clock get the best of you.
Been a long week? Anxious for the weekend to finally arrive? Chances are that your team feels exactly the same way but lashing out at “the measure in which events can be ordered from the past, through the present, and into the future” won’t help you get out the door any faster.
DO: bring donuts!
Not much brings a smile faster than some deliciously flavored sugar! Why not surprise the rest of your team with a random assortment of goodies first thing in the morning?
DON’T: be so obvious that you dislike a bad joke.
Why did the chicken cross the road? Your answer might be “I don’t care!” Humor is subjective and one person’s hilarious joke might just be the most moronic thing you’ve ever heard but that doesn’t mean you have to be rude.
DO: give your undivided attention and listen.
Perhaps you’re tired after a long night caring for your new baby or you’ve just had a larger than usual pasta lunch. Whatever the reason for your lack of focus, you owe it to your co-workers to pay attention; even if you’re just faking it really well.
DON’T: be so obvious when you’re unimpressed
Have you ever had a great idea and had it shot down immediately? It’s no fun at all. Why make it worse for your colleague by making it obvious that he or she missed the mark? There’s nothing to gain by being aloof.
DO: celebrate achievements together
When one person on your team succeeds, so does your entire business. Take these small wins and celebrate them together like you’ve just won the lottery. It will foster a positive atmosphere and give incentive to others to strive for their own successes.
Do you have any other Dos and Don’ts to share? Let us know in the comments!