9 ways to be a great co-worker

The standard workday is challenging (read: frustrating) enough without personal friction, so keep things upbeat, to benefit your colleagues’ outlook and your own career.

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Why should you bother trying to be a great co-worker every day? Well, building great relationships at work is going to help you in your career.

First, your workday will be a lot more pleasant if you’re surrounded by people you respect and enjoy working with, and vice versa.

Second, your colleagues are the best people to write recommendations or spread the word about your abilities. They can vouch for you for the rest of your career. Likeability is one key factor in your success.

Of course, you might not love each and every one of your co-workers from the get-go, and that’s OK.

The good news? You can build strong working relationships through mutual respect. Start by being a great co-worker every day.

These are some ways to spread a little sunshine to your colleagues:

1. Step up to help out.

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