- Make new employees feel welcome. Stop by and introduce yourself, and offer to answer any questions. Check in later to see how they're adjusting.
- Be positive. A good attitude rubs off on others and creates a more positive environment for everyone.
- Respect others' time. When interrupting someone's work, excuse yourself and ask to make sure it's an OK time. Also, don't make others wait on your work, response or presence.
- Give thanks, spoken or written, to the person who refilled the soap dispenser or the one who skillfully delivered their part of the project. Everyone likes to know they're appreciated.
Communicate in person.
It's easier to make sure your message is accurately conveyed, plus personal connection can release natural mood-boosters.
Whether it's professional or personal, from landing a major client to buying a new house, acknowledge others' achievements.
Replace the printer paper. Clean the microwave. Don't talk so loudly that others can't concentrate. Go one step further: Leave surprise "take one" flowers or snacks in the break room now and then.
Smile and say hello to those in your work circle and beyond. Even the briefest kind acknowledgement can change someone's day.
Keep eye contact. Don't look at your phone. Nod. Resist interrupting. Ask follow-up questions. It feels good to be heard.
- Don't gossip. And don't respond when others do, either. You'll promote a friendlier workplace and gain respect, too.