Fresh Look – Be a cheerleader for your coworkers

Your coworkers and colleagues are important political resources. Cultivating them is key, but take the time necessary to do so. After all, co-worker are competitors, or at least that is the mindset that most employees have.[1]

We are constantly given small opportunities to build up or put down our coworkers in the ways we talk about them. When you introduce a colleague, don’t just cover the basics of your relationship; instead, tell a story about how you met, how your coworker has made your own work easier, and what the two of you share in terms of hopes for the future.[2]

You may be surprised that when you emphasize the positive in this way, your relationship with your colleagues gets better.

[1] J. Dutton & J. Lee. 2017. The benefits of saying nice things about your colleagues. Harvard Business Review Digital Articles, 8/1: 2-4.
[2] J. Lee, F. Gino, D. Cable & B. Staats. 2016. Preparing the self for team entry: How relational affirmation improves team performance. Harvard Business School NOM Unit Working Paper No. 16-111.