Don’t be an office grinch! – Safeducate
Don’t be an office grinch!

Don’t be an office grinch!

Every office has that one person whom everyone hates! It feels really terrible if everyone around you dislikes you, it might hinder your performance and also decrease your work efficiency and output.

Organizations often like to boast of their team and workplace culture, but maybe you’re just not comfortable being all pally with your colleagues. Maybe you’re more like a competitor on a reality TV show: You didn’t come here to make friends. You came here to win. (And by ‘win,’ you mean do your job, get your paycheck and get home to finish Netflix series) And that’s okay. Maybe you don’t care if your peers like you; however, you should care if they dislike you.

Being a quiet loner type won’t necessarily prevent you from contributing and being a part of the team, but being actively dislikable can have a serious negative impact on your career. After all, the less likable you are, the less likely others are to work with you, offer their help when you need it or even recommend you for a hike.

So what makes someone an “OFFICE GRINCH”? Here are some of the reasons as to why some employees get this infamous title, read on to learn the do’s and the don’ts to avoid getting disliked at your work space!

1.Being asocial!

Just because you prefer keeping to yourself doesn’t mean you always should. When it comes to your teammates, a little socializing can go a long way. You

don’t have to be necessarily be the agony aunt for your co-workers, but those who don’t at least make an attempt to participate in some workplace social activities can be seen as isolationist, stuck-up, stuffy or even rude.

How to make amends?
Make the effort to get to know your teammates as people. Say ‘yes’ to the occasional after-work social soiree. Not only will you be more likable, but also bonding with fellow employees can actually make you more engaged and happier at your workplace.

2.Never initiate a grapevine!

People tend to like people they feel they can trust, and spreading rumors or gossiping is a quick way to show your co-workers you might not be super trustworthy. Not only that, but gossiping can definitely hurt an employee’s chances for promotion.

How to make amends?
Never engage yourself in office gossip, remove yourself from any situation that can lead you to trouble. You can do the same by changing the topic of conversation or finding a way to excuse yourself from the same.

3.You have to stop complaining all the time!

We all crib about work from time to time. But cribbing everyday 24×7 to your co-workers isn’t going to take you anywhere – least of all yourself. We all feel unhappy with our work pressure at times, but a consistent pattern of negativity typically ruins the work environment for others and in turn pushes them away.

How to make amends?
If you’re consistently unhappy at your job, it may be time to look for a new one. Identify your biggest pain points, and try resolving them rather than just talking about them. Next time you feel like complaining, try looking for solutions before speaking up.

4.The Blame-Game!

Everybody makes mistakes – the mistake itself isn’t going to cause anyone to dislike you. But if you handle your mistakes poorly, then they just might. If you make a mistake and, instead of confessing up, you blame it on someone else, there are high chances that you might get caught and are ostracized by your colleagues.

How to make amends?
It is okay to make mistakes and owning up to them and apologizing for the same makes you a better person. By doing this not only will your likeability increase, but also your integrity and credibility in the workplace.

To sum it up, everyone may not like you – and that’s okay – but the way you behave can also change things, to the extent that they do not detest you, either. You may be surprised to know how little efforts can create a big

impact on your co-workers’ opinions of you – and your satisfaction at work as a result.