5 ways to become an indispensable co-worker

Heed this advice to become a dream to work with, rather than a thorn in colleagues’ sides.

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We all want smart, competent and committed people on our teams.

But most of all, we want people who are easy to work with. Those who take everything personally, get defensive when receiving even the slightest amount of feedback and accuse first and ask questions later, are difficult to work with. These behaviors are exhausting.

Working in our current environment is hard enough. Who needs the extra aggravation of dealing with difficult colleagues?

Here are five ways to be an indispensable co-worker who uplifts those around you – while boosting your own career prospects:

1. Don’t take things personally.

Human beings are wired for survival. Most people are so worried about themselves – looking good and doing well – they’re not all that worried about you.

When you get overlooked for a project or a meeting, rather than feeling slighted, feel free to ask what happened or why you weren’t included. Then let it go.

Or, just be grateful you have one fewer meeting to attend.

2. Give other people the benefit of the doubt.

Most people are genuinely trying to do the right thing. If you question someone’s motives or actions, ask a question before making a decision about that person.

I like the question, “Help me understand…?”

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