Tuesday, March 17, 2015

How to be a good coworker--or at least not rotten

Marla Gottschalk, Government Executive, says rotten coworkers can color the whole job or working experience.

We all know who they are--the whiners, the ones who don't show up, the blamers, the underminers, the gossipers, and so on. But what can you do to not be one?

First, Gottschalk says, offer to lend a hand sometimes. See someone struggling or on deadline--step in.

Don't keep every good thing for yourself--link people together.

Be upfront with your motives.

Remember, leaders are still coworkers. You may get promoted, but don't forget to be not rotten afterwards.

Champion people--and value the contribution of others.

I have found over the years that if you hang on too tight--battle people to protect your turf--somehow it slips away even faster.

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