7 Ways to Create Harmony In the Office

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Offices are a microcosm of humanity. They are a mix of all types of people, with all types of personalities, quirks, goals and challenges, so for everyone to get along beautifully, it takes effort.

You probably remember a time in your career when a “clash of personalities” corrupted a productive working environment. You can prevent this from happening and create harmony in your office with these seven simple practices.

1. Say thank you
These two little words may be the most powerful when it comes to creating happiness and harmony. People work hard and take pride in their accomplishments, but can feel overlooked. Taking time to acknowledge even the smallest achievement can make a person feel valued. Say thank you not only for the big job they’ve completed, say thank you when they open the door, offer to get you coffee, or invite you to lunch. Offer a genuine thank you every day.

2. Notice the little things
If a co-worker or employee is happy at his or her job, they will go out of their way to add a little extra to their commitment. They might take on an extra assignment or stay late to help out with an uncompleted project. Or they may do subtle things like clean up the kitchen area or edit a company document on which they noticed errors. The more you notice and offer thanks for these little “extras,” the more you will build happiness and harmony in the office, and the more motivated your co-workers will become to continue looking for ways to improve the business.

3. Avoid idle gossip
Gossip can tarnish office harmony. It might seem entertaining at the moment, but underneath, it builds distrust. Resentments build, people begin to wonder if they are the one being gossiped about, and chasms open. Establish a “no-gossip policy” and enforce it. Extend your no-gossip policy for events outside the office as well, such as happy hours, company outings or holiday parties, where relaxed environments and alcohol can loosen inhibitions.

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