Entering a new workspace can seem a little intimidating, especially if you don’t know anyone there. Or maybe you’ve been at your new space for a few weeks now and you haven’t made any real connections with anyone. Studies show that positive relationships with coworkers create a good work environment, boost job satisfaction, and increase productivity. So why wouldn’t you want to click with your fellow coworkers?
Here are a few ideas to create a bond with new coworkers:
Remember people’s names. A person loves his or her own name. If you want to come across as a friendly person, try to remember people you meet and greet them by using their name to leave a positive impression.
Socialize. Whether it’s for lunch, a drink after work, or a walk around the building for a fresh air break, invite coworkers to join you. This is a great way to get to know each other in a casual setting. What do they do for fun? What are their weekend plans? Have they read any good books recently? Discovering who they really are as a person creates an even stronger dynamic. Keep it light-hearted, don’t gossip about other coworkers and keep a positive spin on conversation topics, and you’ll be part of the gang in no time.
Don’t be “that” guy. “That” guy that doesn’t take a hint. “That” guy that’s always gossiping. “That” guy that is in everyone’s personal space. “That” guy that only talks about himself. We all know one of “those guys.”
Be a good listener. Listen first when you are having a conversation and be genuinely interested in the projects that your coworkers are doing. People are also impressed when you remember something they haphazardly told you months ago and you ask about their progress or mention that you thought of them when you encountered something similar.
By following these tips, you’ll be a favorite around the office soon.