|We sit here with heavy hearts for the families, friends and individuals that were lost, injured or directly impacted by the horrific event that occurred on April 15, 2013 in our strong and prideful city. Although greatly affected, we all worked together as a unified city . However unsettling and frightening this incident has been, Boston got through and is still getting through it together.
Whether you are in a crisis situation or a regular day at work, working together is the key to success. Working together may seem simple to master, but working with different personalities and people in different roles can be challenging. Let's take a look into some healthy habits for working with others.
Support and respect each other
Everyone has ideas and opinions–some may differ or match in comparison to yours. Whether or not you agree, it is crucial to be appreciative of input. If you disagree with someone's idea, have the courtesy to respect them for contributing to the conceptual process. Even if your ideas differ, great collaborations can be made by tying ideas together.
Be an active listener
We listen to obtain information, to understand and to learn. When only part of a message is internalized, the quality of your work and relationships could suffer. When people speak to you, try to put aside your distractions, respond to their body language, nod occasionally to show the speaker you are engaged and respond appropriately.
Put forth contributions
No one likes the person who expects to take credit for work they have not done. If you want your team to respect you, try to contribute your own ideas and strategies. Often times, the fear of being wrong will make people hold back their ideas. Do not let that stop you. If you prepare your ideas and present them in a professional manner, you will be respected for your input, even if your plan is not chosen.
Be respectful of time
If you have time scheduled to meet with someone, stick to it. If you have to reschedule, try to give the person advanced notice. If you are able to meet with them, try to refrain from too many side conversations about personal matters. It is important to understand that your coworker may be working under a deadline or is in the middle of a hectic day with a lot to do.
How you speak to others plays one of the largest roles in successfully working with others. It is best to be direct, positive and pleasant. In all fairness, this is how you would want to be spoken to by colleagues, right?
Things happen–you missed a deadline or forgot a portion of a project you were working on. Acknowledge and admit to your mistakes instead of making excuses.
Don't expect to get along with everyone
There will always be people you get along with more than others. Chances are there will be someone who does not like you either. With so many different personalities in a work environment, it is highly probable that some personalities will be conflicting. Try to be tolerant and professional because some battles are not worth picking. Instead of focusing on personality traits, try to focus on common goals you are both striving for.
Most people you find are working towards a common goal–being successful. Working in an environment where you get along with your colleagues can significantly improve your working experience. The ability to work with others is an immeasurable and priceless skill. You never know when you are going to have no other choice but to come together for each other's aid. Together, people can achieve greatness.