Relating to Your Coworkers

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Posted by The Editors on April 19, 2012
Relating to Your Coworkers

I recently read a blog post from Gen Y Girl that sparked a heated discussion in the comments section. The post was titled “How to Get Along With Older Coworkers.” “Older” being the the keyword and sore spot for many babyboomers who thought the post was harsh and patronizing towards older generations.

The author of this blog was trying to give fellow Millennials advice on how to get along with their coworkers by suggesting actions like finding a commonality and bringing in food for the office. I’ll let you decide for yourself on how you percieve this post, but as a Gen Y who can relate to being the youngest person at a company, I found myself bringing in baked goods and asking my fellow coworkers about their years as recent grads.

I wasn’t trying to be a suck up, I was just trying to be friendly and show how non-threatening I could be. Due to the abundance of steryotypes facing Millennials, it can feel like we’re going into a job with a scarlett letter branded on our foreheads right from the get-go.  

But before you go the baked-good route, try these three speedy and direct ways to find common ground with your fellow employees.

Show respect.  Some people want you to awknowledge that they have been in the working world longer and know the nuts and bolts of it all.  No matter what generation you fall into, respecting your elders is just good manners.

Be mature. Your days of pulling pranks are over—at least in an office setting. You might have gotten away with falling behind or coming in late during college, but that behavior doesn’t fly in the working world. Showing your emotional intelligence on the job will not only earn you street cred, it will make others want to work with you, too.

Be willing to learn.  You’re in a new job. Of course you’re willing to learn, right? Well, make sure you’re learning from your co-workers. They can easily bring perspective to any situation. You never know the experiences others have been though, but if they’re willing to share these stories with you, be ready to listen. 

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