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7 Tips to Make Other People Feel Smart

When you care about your colleagues, you want them to feel good about themselves. Making them feel smart is one of the nicest compliments of all. In a post at her website, bestselling author Gretchen Rubin shares seven small tips to accomplish this. First, do not be afraid to take notes while people are talking; it means they are noteworthy! Likewise, reference back to previous points that people have made during a conversation, to show …

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The Most Practical Ways to Learn about Coworkers

The most natural way to get to know people is to just let it happen organically. In an article at Business Insider, Lauren Dunn outlines some ways that you can build relationships without trying too hard. For instance, small talk will go a long way. Just asking people about their weekend (etc.) on a regular basis will lead to learning a lot about each other over time. Avoid gossip and being overly negative, because such …

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Almost Creepy Questions to Build Tighter Work Relationships

In an article for Inc., Shelley Prevost shares a long list of questions you can ask your coworkers in order to get to know them better. She describes the questions as “revealing,” and that might be an understatement. Some of these questions, like, “If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are living right now?” sound like something a stalker would ask. So tread …

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Little Strategies to Get to Know People

Work goes by quicker and easier when people know and trust each other. Linda Ray shares some little strategies to learn about each other in an article for Chron. For instance, there is always the method of just asking colleagues random silly questions and seeing what happens. Another thing you can do is invite everyone out to lunch on a regular basis; Ray suggests weekly, but I think monthly may be more practical. (But then …

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7 Ways to Get Along Better with Your Coworkers

You probably spend at least eight hours a day with your work colleagues, so you might as well get along with them. Dawn Rosenberg McKay explains how with seven straightforward tips in an article for the Balance: Respect your colleagues and be considerate of them. Play it safe and avoid tricky conversation subjects, like politics, bowel movements, or family jail convictions. Get your work relationship off to a good start by exuding warmth and learning …

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6 Better Ways to Get to Know Coworkers than Grabbing Coffee

Coffee is expensive and makes your teeth change colors. Why does this need to be the go-to way to spend time with work colleagues? In an article for the Muse, Saqi Mehta shares some alternatives. Whether face to face or just over instant message, there is nothing stopping you from just discussing a goofy topic from time to time, like favorite guilty pleasure TV show. You might discover that you have a hobby in common, …

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How to Build the Social Ties You Need at Work

If tumbleweeds pass by your desk in spite of being indoors, it is time to put yourself back out there at work. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Amy Gallo describes the steps you can take to build closer ties with colleagues. The first step is to remember that you are not in high school anymore, and nobody is going to pants you if an innocent chat does not go as smoothly as it …

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Etiquette Rules for the Open Office

When walls are in short supply, open offices happen. In an article for Entrepreneur, Jacqueline Whitmore shares some pointers for not violating each other’s space. For instance, resist the urge to share every little joke or comment that enters your mind just because others are in close proximity; everyone deserves to work uninterrupted. It is not just chitchat that can be distracting though. At close range, distracting smells like in strange foods (or your old …

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Why You May Find US Colleagues ‘More Polite’ than Brits

In a highly entertaining 4-minute video at the BBC, an American man working at a London PR firm talks to a British woman working at a US law firm about cultural office differences. Among the highlights, the British are apparently more likely to curse loudly and casually. They also serve a great deal of tea, even if it means delaying the start of a meeting for an extra five minutes. And they seem to offer …

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Etiquette for Expense Reports

Everyone hates filling out expense reports about as much as they love spending money that is not theirs. How much of that money should you really spend though? Jennifer Winter provides some guidance in an article for the Muse. If you are traveling for work, others are probably traveling with you. Watch to see how your more seasoned colleagues spend and follow suit. In any case, ask for receipts for everything, so there is always …

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