Sunday, 24 April 2016

TIPS ON BEING A GREAT CO-WORKER | TARA BERRIES


Most of us have to work throughout our adult years and it is my firm belief that you should love where you work and who you work with. Sometimes that is easy when you have landed your dream job and work with amazing people but that isn't always the case. There are things you can do to make your work-life situation a lot better and that is by being a great co-worker.

Here are my Five Tips on Being a Great Co-Worker:

1. Try to be positive whenever you can. If a co-worker is asking you for advice or for ideas it is important to not shoot their ideas down right away. Give them positive feedback and say what you like about their idea but that there might be a better idea instead. I remember collaborating with a co-worker and when I suggested an idea she shot it down and it didn't make me feel like my ideas were valued. Valuing your co-workers is very important even if you are not friends with them outside of work.

2. Gossip as little as you can. I am used to working with all females and gossip can be rampant when working in that environment. As hard as it is to stay away from the gossip or not to join in, I do my best to not spread any gossip told to me around nor do I ask for the gossip. Gossip can lead to major repercussions at work if it causes problems amongst co-workers and you could be written up for it so try and not gossip at work or amongst co-workers.

3. Be Flexible. Flexibility is key to being a great co-worker because it means that your colleagues trust that you will help with many things and that you aren't rigid in your routines. Being flexible also allows you to gain experience in many things which is great for your resume. I try to be flexible in taking many jobs as a supply teacher and when working at child-care centres I am willing to change routine when complications arise.


4. Be open to feedback. Sometimes when a co-worker gives you advice they are doing it to be nice and to make the workplace a more cohesive environment but sometimes it can feel like they are attacking you. It is important to be comfortable with feedback as you aren't always aware that your actions can affect other people. I remember in teacher's college and we would receive feedback after every lesson we taught and I have to say because of that process I am a much more confident teacher. I took the feedback my associate teachers gave me and implemented it in the next lesson.

5. Take the role of "helping hand".  Oftentimes a co-worker will be leading an event and hosting it and a way to be helpful is to stay for the event and help out and clean up afterwards. When I work at a childcare centre and there is an event going on I try and stay later to help clean up. Co-workers can vary by age at many workplaces and it is important to be aware of the different abilities of your co-workers. If you know your co-worker can't lift heavy things then offer to lift it for them and help your co-workers who require modifications.



As a supply teacher I am often trying to find work and being available as much as possible. I have found that over the years the more helpful and positive I am the more I am called back to a school or childcare centre. These tips that I have shared with you are the ones that have helped me create connections and network as well as make friends in my co-workers. 

Do you have any tips on being a great  co-worker? It would be great if you could share them in the comments.

Xo. Tara Berries

9 comments:

  1. I think I can handle all of them except the gossip. I have a lot of trouble keeping my mouth shut...I know this isn't a great trait and I work on it. Thanks for the reminder

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    1. I think most people have trouble with the gossip one. Thanks for the comment!

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  2. Keep respectful boundaries for yourself and others pertaining to schedule; and if you can see someone needs assistance, don't wait to be asked for the help you know you can give.

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    1. Keeping professional boundaries is a great one and bring a helping hand is one of my favourites. Thanks for the comment Tammy!

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  3. Yesssss these are all so true! I think being supportive and showing appreciation is also huge. Kudos, high fives, and recognition help big time too.

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    1. Being supportive and appreciative is a huge help in the workplace. Thanks Kristen!

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  4. yes, gossip is poison in a workplace, I worked in an office that was almost all women and gossip truly damaged the morale of the office.

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    1. Gossip truly is toxic and we should stay away! Thanks for the comment Rosie!

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