Getting along with your coworkers is just as important as getting along with the boss. And because there are usually so many more coworkers than supervisors, it requires additional effort. As a rule, however, getting along is just a matter of tolerance, respect, and courtesy.
1. Don’t use coworkers as therapists.
2. If you borrow it, return it. If you borrow it more than twice, get your own.
3. If you have a problem with someone, talk to THEM about it, not everyone else in the office.
4. Focus on YOUR work, not what other people are doing. Supervising output is your boss’s job. The only exception is when someone else’s low productivity is affecting your own.
5. Understand the limits of your authority. Don’t overstep your boundaries.
6. Don’t bring your kids to work on a regular basis, or for extended periods of time. A couple of hours because of an emergency situation is usually not a problem as long as the child is quiet. However, keeping your kids with you for an entire day because the babysitter needed a day off is unacceptable.
7. Don’t brag about anything, including your salary, promotion, kids, and so on.
8. Don’t balance your checkbook on office time. Ditto for placing an online order, addressing marriage invitations, and so on. People understand short personal phone calls and emergencies, but they don’t appreciate seeing you get paid to manage your life.
9. Don’t monopolize shared equipment. This includes copiers, printers, or any other commonly used piece of equipment.
10. Don’t fund raise at the office. If you really must do it, place brochures or literature in the break room; if someone is interested, they can contact you.