IT’S not difficult to get on with your colleagues at the workplace. It just requires effort to practise the following:

1. Reach out

One of the best ways to reach out to others is to develop a genuine interest in people. Not only should you be happy to interact with others, you should also let them know that they are important to you.

From time to time, let your colleagues know you appreciate their advice, help and company. When you see good qualities in others, do not hesitate to show your appreciation.

Let people know they are producing good work. At the appropriate time, send congratulatory messages or well wishes to your colleagues. Thank people in writing for something they have done or given you. Send cards to your colleagues.

Being gracious and using words like “please” and “thank you” will get you the support of others. It can also influence them to accept you as a credible colleague.

2. Be courteous to everyone

Be polite and courteous to everyone, be it the cleaner or the boss. People will appreciate your presence in the workplace if you communicate well with everyone.

Not only should you speak clearly, you should also express yourself well by using positive body language. Consider the tone of voice you adopt and the words you use.

When engaged in discussions, make sure you ask questions and consider the answers appropriately.

Do not be too hasty to disagree with what you hear. Avoid dominating any discussion or conversation.

Try to be agreeable so others will find it easier to interact with you. When someone makes a critical comment or an angry remark, do not answer immediately. Pause before you make a response. A good guide is to count up to 10 before you answer the person.

3. Smile

Smile more often. This encourages people to feel happy and good towards you. Your colleagues will also react well to you.

When you smile, you look more pleasant and attractive. Your smile is inviting and attracts attention, and can also change your mood and attitude. You will be inspired to be happy. This in turn will help improve your relationships with others.

4. Use humour

Cultivate a sense of humour and be a fun person. Humour will help to make awkward situations seem bearable. It will make a miserable outlook cheerful. Humour will help to improve situations at the workplace and make relationships fun and enjoyable. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Learn to laugh at yourself.

5. Be energised

Be excited about your work and your life. Be a stimulant. Your colleagues will then find you inviting, interesting, open and expansive. They will want to work with you on projects and have you as a friend.

6. Respect your colleagues

If you are new to an organisation, try to remember the names of your colleagues. Learn how to pronounce their names properly. The key to getting on with others is to make them feel important.

Try to understand the views, feelings and experiences of your colleagues. Be sensitive to their feelings, moods, needs and wants. Ask them for their opinions, ideas and suggestions.

Respect their views, values and lifestyles, as everyone is different in the way they live their lives. Always make others feel comfortable and relaxed.

Be discreet, maintain integrity and keep private information confidential. Let others see through your actions that you keep all promises. Your colleagues will then trust, respect and admire you.

7. Like yourself

To reach out to your colleagues, it is essential that you have high self-esteem. You need to like yourself, have self-respect and accept yourself as a person.

Be kind and patient with yourself. Make friends with yourself. If you treat yourself well, everyone else will treat you well.