Since we spend maximum of our time in office, it is a healthy habit to socialize well with co-workers. It will not only allow you to grow professionally but as well help a lot in terms of teamwork, promotions, business deals etc. So, though in other words it can be assumed that if done right, work friendship can yield great benefits. But still one question happens to linger. And that is how far should you go to maintain a friendly relationship with your colleagues? I mean are there any boundaries to be maintained? Thus, focused below are few pointers that can make this discussion even more clear.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Healthy Socialization in Office –
- If not every day, at least two to three times a week, walk across to your team mates and floor mates during break hours and ask how are they. Share some lively talks or some topics that are interesting for both.
- When someone new joins your team, initiate talk with them. Being an old employee, take the step to break the ice. make the co-worker comfortable and the rest will follow up automatically.
- Acknowledgement is important. Whenever you make eye contact with any of your colleagues, either pass a smile, say “hello” or nod your head. Only when you seem happy and approachable, people will reciprocate you the same.
- If in a group, try to communicate in one common language that each of you understand. It is very rude to talk in the majority language and leave alone the one who does not know your mother tongue.
- Filter your talks, even while speaking with your best co-fellow in office. Maintain the fine line that will differentiate between personal and office life.
- Drink moderately. Many corporate and organizations host party for year ending, Christmas, annual functions, half yearly picnics and other get-togethers. And since it is celebration time, drinks and food are part of it. In such events, you might feel that two three drinks more will allow you to jell with your teammates more. But let me warn you, that is a mistake you should never commit.
- Share a toast with colleagues during happy times. This will not only give you opportunity to know them more but will as well show that you care for them.
- Mind your etiquette, no matter whether you and your colleagues are in office premises or in some public place. For example, if it is a team lunch out, pay attention to table manners, make eye contacts, show your happiness, listen to what each one shares etc.
- Always stay away from off-color humor. No matter how close you are with your business clients and colleagues, such jokes are strictly NO for them. Though out of courtesy, they might laugh, but you never know they might get uncomfortable.
- Maintain distance from controversies. Neither discuss anything sensational nor debate much on topics such as religion, politics etc. Don’t assume that everyone will agree with you or appreciate your viewpoints.
- Ignore your phone when you are a part of a team discussion. Show respect and interest towards what your colleagues are sharing.
- Don’t be judgmental about your teammates’ lifestyle. Almost none of our personalities or personal life happens to be the same. you never know what is going on in his/her life. So, just don’t be disapproving.
- Don’t be bossy.