4 Principles on How to Win Friends & Influence People at Your Workplace

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It’s essential to have friends and to be the kind of person people want to be friends with especially in the workplace. Regardless of the type of job you do, there will always be a time where you will face difficult challenges and it would certainly ease your path by making friends with your coworkers. These 4 types of principles can help you develop lasting relationships for both sides.

Principle 1

  • Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.
  • Arouse in the coworker an eager want.
  • Provide honest and sincere appreciation towards your colleagues.

Principle 2

  • Become genuinely interested in other people at your workplace.
  • Smile.
  • Try to remember that a coworker’s name is to that person the best and most significant sound in any language.
  • Try your best to be a good listener. Encourage your colleagues to talk about themselves.
  • Discuss in terms of the other person’s interest.
  • Make your colleagues feel important and do it sincerely.

Principle 3

  • The right way to get the best on an argument is to avoid it.
  • Display some respect for your coworker’s opinions instead of pointing them that they’re wrong.
  • If you made a mistake, admit it and emphatically.
  • Always engage in a friendly way.
  • Always give an opportunity for other colleagues to make a great deal of contribution.
  • Let your coworkers feel that their contribution is significant at work.
  • Try to see things from other people’s perspective.
  • Be sympathetic to other colleagues’ ideas and suggestions.

Principle 4

  • Start with praise and honest appreciation while a discussion.
  • Get attention to colleague’s mistakes indirectly.
  • Point out your own mistakes before considering criticizing other people.
  • Ask questions instead of giving a direct order.
  • Praise the simplest or slightest improvement.
  • Give your coworker a fine reputation to live up to.
  • Provide encouragement especially when it comes to the simplest mistakes so that it’s easy to correct.
  • Make your colleagues feel happy and gratified about doing things based on their suggestion.

Trying to get people at your workplace to like you seems like a subjective process, but there are simpler ways that you can adopt to help you make friends easier. The most important aspect is to make the other person feel important. While at times things will not always go what you hope to be, take a step back and figure out another approach. In the end, keep in mind that sometimes to win other people to your side will require time instead of relying on putting in the effort.

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You Jing is a content writer who writes career and lifestyle contents to inspire job seekers and employers alike on their journey to work-life balance, empowerment and transformation in their career path.

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