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How to Win Over Coworkers

When you start a new job or change jobs within the same organization, one of your goals is to make and maintain a good impression with your coworkers. Here's how to win them over.

First impressions are formed within a few seconds and are nearly impossible to change. Here are some tips for making that all-important good first impression.

  • Have a good appearance. Make sure you're appropriately dressed and groomed.
  • Be neat.
  • Be on-time.
  • Be yourself.
  • Be confident.
  • Be good at small talk.
  • Be courteous.
  • Be organized.
  • Use positive body language.

[source: MindTools]

It's important to maintain the good first impression you made. Here are some tips for doing this.

  • Remember to foster good relations and respect.
  • Do all of your tasks to the best of your ability.
  • Offer to help others.
  • Respect your coworkers' opinions.
  • Take the time to get to know your coworkers. This includes remembering their names and
  • going to special events with them (e.g. dinners, lunches, etc).
  • Learn the company's culture. Finding a mentor will help you succeed at your new job.
  • Have good listening skills.
  • Respond to email or voice messages within one day.
  • Be enthusiastic.
  • Show up on time.
  • Ask questions. Don't worry, your new coworkers won't expect you to know everything.
  • Don't plan any vacations until you've been employed for at least a few months.

[source: Gallo]

If you take the preceding points to heart, you should have no problem winning over your coworkers!