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Readers Respond: Tips About How to Deal With People at Work

Responses: 10


If you've worked successfully for more than a couple of years, you've mastered much of the art of how to deal with people at work. Maybe you've not yet figured out how to deal with your especially difficult coworkers and bosses, but you know how to deal with the every day people at work. You've tips to share about what actions and behaviors work for you when you deal with people at work. Won't you take a moment and share what makes you successful in your day-to-day interactions at work. What helps you deal with people at work?

See More Reader Responses to various other questions.

Dealing with people is a challenge

I think it is very important to greet coworkers every morning the same way you have to greet the customers; it is not an option. It is common courtesy. No matter how tired you are, or how sleepy you are in the morning or so, when you walk into the office say hi to whomever you see there. Even if you have to get their attention to say hi, do so. Call them by name and say hi so and so, or at least hi everyone. Say it loudly and clearly with some smile. At the end of the day, don't just grab your belongings and leave, say bye! It is so simple, common courtesy! We spend more time at work than we spend at home with our family sometimes, so we have to try to look at coworkers as some family that whether we like them or not, we are somehow stuck with them. So we might as well make the best out of it anyway.
—Guest dont want mention it

Sticking it out

When confronted with a problem from a manager or boss, hear them out. Listen, dont make excuses, it will only worsen the situation. Tell them you will try harder, or if you are new, gently remind them by saying, "I'm sorry, I'm still trying to get the hang of things, I'll try harder." Usually, they just dont want to take the blame from their boss, and will forget when you start to show improvement.
—Guest workingal

Keep It Sharp

Don't get overly personal with the people at work, better to keep it professional and healthy.
—Guest tony

Knowing When To Do What

Often times, you'll find a job working with dummies at a fast-paced workplace, like a restaurant in this case, and a lot of bosses don't understand that you can either do your job fast, you can do it right, or anything in between, which is usually followed by disaster. Depending on the moment, sometimes you're forced to switch it up appropriately every once in a while to make you look like you know what you're doing, especially if you are the only one doing it. Two helpful words to avoid negative feedback and impress are multitasking and prioritizing. Keep it going smoothly but don't risk it when you can't. Best time to practice is when it's closing time and eyes are on you. They're always watching when you least expect it, but not always when you're trying to make good impressions. Here's an example, speed is not always a good idea but when you have your boss waiting on you during closing time, its probably best to half-ass everything without making it obvious because they wanna leave!

Understand Individual Differences

People you encounter every day at work come from different values in life and different backgrounds. Paradigms differ, horizons differ, thus, no one is alike. At a certain point, one has to convey his/her idea/opinion from which everyone of us has to understand the message. Hence, in an organization or company we are connected with, internal rules and policies governing personnel are important to establish to be able to level off all employees at work.
—Guest Marie Jane H. Acebes

Understanding leads to communication

Some leaders think that getting the job done is ultimately what is required of the subordinates. In my view, understanding and dealing with compassion will always lead to better contribution and improved employee retention. Make the employee or coworker comfortable in sharing the problems which leads to sharing ideas in a creative way. That's the real success of a leader and hence the organisation.
—Guest Jaison Abraham


I am very much eager to improve my communication in the workplace. I want to improve my interpersonal skills, too.

Be Friendly and Warm

Based on my personal experience, you've got to be friendly to your colleagues and be an approachable person, so that people won't feel awkward when they want to talk or deal with you because you are a person that is easily dealt with. When you're hostile or arrogant, definitely your coworkers or colleagues won't respect you even though you're actually not in real life. It's easy to be pleased by others and gain mutual understanding, be friendly and warm to others. It doesn't mean anything to me if you can do your work efficiently, but you've bad communication skills. Just my 2 cents.
—Guest Farid Latiff

Tips About How to Deal With Colleagues

Get your job done is the key in a successful job. You have to finish your daily tasks and reach your goals, regardless of what your colleagues or boss think/say about you. As long as you're giving a good impression, they will definitely look up to you.
—Guest labor.atty

Feedback is important

In my experience, I think that the feedback is really important when dealing with every day people, also, I think that coworkers must be open to both receive and give feedback, and what's more important, do something with the information/suggestions. That's why I recommend you have a written feedback form and scheduled feedback meeting every month or so, to discuss improvements. This will keep employees growing better and staying creative. What do you think? Regards, Chris
—Guest Christian G.
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