How to Get to Know Your Co-workers (Why You Should!)

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It’s not always easy to get along with the people you work with. Unlike with friends (and even family, to an extent), you can be thrown into a group with a lot of different personality types and be forced to spend time and collaborate with them.

Inevitably, at some point you will encounter someone you just can’t stand. Instead of letting this make you miserable, turn it into a positive learning experience.

Mindfulness and compassion are two key elements in acceptance. Being able to observe and understand without judgment is difficult, but it will allow you to peel away those layers of discomfort you find yourself “wearing” each time you encounter a person you don’t want to spend time around.

  1. Try to get to know the person. It sounds counter-intuitive, but it may just give you some insight into why they rub you the wrong way. There could just be a minor misunderstanding that has been creating the friction. Good ways to break the ice including asking them where they’re from originally, finding common ground such as kids or a mutually enjoyed sport, or other fairly neutral topics that can let you bond.

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Keynote Speaker | Mindfulness Maven | Happiness Muse | Author | Diversity & Inclusion Advocate | www.devinchughes.com

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