No matter what type of job you have, getting along with the people you work with is important to doing a good job and a building a reputation of a great employee. Here are five tips on how to get along with your co-workers.

Stay Positive

Nothing can sour a workplace than an employee who constantly complains and talks poorly of others. It’s also the fastest way to become the co-worker no one wants to work with. While any day labor job comes with its challenges, staying positive is a great way to be a better co-worker. Having a smile on your face, complimenting others on a job well done and keeping your emotions in check make you an easy person to work with.

Do Good Work

Working with others, offering suggestions and taking on additional responsibilities becomes a lot easier to do when you consistently do great work. Your manager as well as your coworkers will appreciate you even more if you go above and beyond your basic duties, especially if it makes their workload easier. Co-workers respect those who know what they’re doing and have the ability to help them shine on the job as well.

Be a Good Listener

Part of being a great communicator is having the ability to actively listen to others. Mistakes and accidents can happen on a work site when there’s a lack of communication so making sure you listen to what your coworkers are saying not only keeps you safe but lets your peers know that you are listening to them. The same goes for non-work related communications. You may find out you may have common interests with your coworkers which can build a foundation for a great working relationship.

Respect Your Co-workers' Differences

The blue-collar industry has workers from various backgrounds and the chances of having co-workers who are different from you are high. The key to getting along with them is to be respectful of those differences. That means being mindful of what you say (even if you’re joking), not criticizing how they work and avoiding touchy subjects like politics and religion.

Do What You Say You’re Going to Do

Managers and co-workers alike want to work with people who follow through on their comittments. Construction projects involve many working parts and if you fall through on your task, it can set everyone else back. To avoid having your work peers upset and distrustful of you, make sure you do the work that you say you will do. If you find that you won’t be able to meet the set deadline, communicate it to those involved early on so they can adjust their workload accordingly.  

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