Eight good habits to endear you to your colleagues

It’s not all about your job in the workplace.

Developing good workplace behaviours and habits can also improve your working relationships and encourage your colleagues to love working with you. And when they do, they might just do that little bit extra that benefits you and the organisation.

Here are eight tips we collected that are appreciated in the workplace.

  • Aim to end any meetings you lead early 

    Try to end one hour meetings up to 10-15 minutes early where possible and give people time back in their day - a bit of breathing room between meetings and the chance to catch up on emails. Not all meetings can be ended early but where they can, don’t feel the need to stretch them to the limit.

  • Coffee orders 

    Quietly take note of how your work mate likes their coffee and offer to get them one when it looks like they could really use the pick-me-up. Nothing impresses more than saying ‘Looks like you’re working on a tough presentation there. Can I get you an almond milk mocha skim latte with sprinkles?’

  • Be on time 

    Or even a few minutes early to a meeting. Being punctual is always appreciated and shows you respect those you are meeting with. Their time is as valuable as yours.

  • Team milestones 

    Take note of your teammates’ birthdays and anniversaries and make the time to acknowledge and celebrate their milestones. Everyone wants to feel valued. 

  • Current out of office messages 

    Always have a current out of office message on your voicemail or email if you are away from work that lets people know who they should contact to in your absence. There’s nothing worse than chasing someone on the phone or by email, only to discover they’re not even working but catching a wave at the beach or touring wine country. 

  • Response time 

    Respond to all email and voicemail messages on the same day if possible or within 24 hours. Consistently respond at your earliest convenience to make the best impression.

  • Save personal calls for appropriate places 

    Don’t take loud personal calls in shared workspaces – we all work differently and some people don’t mind some noise but always be aware that for others who focus better with quiet. Walk away from your desk to a more appropriate space to take personal calls – most of your colleagues don’t care if your dog has left a surprise in your shoe again.

  • Keep it clean 

    If you make a mess in the communal kitchen or other shared spaces, clean it up pronto. If you share deskspace, make sure you leave it tidy for the next person.

Remember, work is where you spend a large proportion of your time – adopt behaviours you would like to be around. 

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This information has been prepared by Westpac Banking Corporation ABN 33 007 457 141 AFSL & ACL 233714 (Westpac) and is current as at 24 October 2017.

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