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How to Be a Better Coworker

Watch more Office Survival Guide videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Work can be grim if your boss hates you and you have few office friends. Win everyone over with these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Work hard Be good at your own job. If you're efficient, you reduce the pressure on everyone around you: be early, don't let paperwork pile up, and respond to emails and calls promptly. Step 2: Pitch in Pitch in wherever you're needed—especially if it's "not your job." Nobody likes a prima donna. Step 3: Keep your voice down Keep your voice down, especially on personal phone calls. There's nothing worse than having to listen to someone in the next cubicle describe a scaly rash or coo to a new love interest. Tip Keep your cell phone on mute or low—with a generic, non-obnoxious ring tone. Step 4: Don't smell Don't stink. No, literally: just because you can't smell the effects of your early morning jog or your favorite perfume doesn't mean everyone else can't. Go easy on the scent, no matter what it is. Step 5: Gossip within reason Go ahead and gossip. Research shows it's a valuable way to start and cement relationships. Just keep it reasonable—not petty or mean and not over email. Step 6: Be considerate Be considerate. If you take the last cup of coffee, make another pot. Save strong-smelling foods for home, especially if you work in tight quarters. Don't leave a jammed copy machine for someone else to deal with. Step 7: Be cheerful Leave your bad moods at home. Everyone has problems, and no doubt some of your colleagues have worse troubles than you. Step 8: Be polite Be polite to everyone, especially those who are lower on the office food chain. It's the right thing to do, and you never know when you might need them on your side. Step 9: Be a team player Don't go home without asking if your colleagues need any help, and join in the occasional social gathering. And if someone's had a bad day, buy them a margarita. Did You Know? Three in four workers reportedly suffer from stress—and most list a troublesome coworker as the main source.
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