April 3, 2018
5 Ways To Be A Better Colleague When You Work With Women
Thanks to Beyonce, we know that girls run the world. And while in the past women have been known to tear each other down and create unnecessary competition, the times they are a-changing. Consider this your official invitation to join the #WomenforWomen movement by supporting each other in all aspects of our lives—starting in the office. Here are five ways to get started.
Be the first one to reach out
If you’re new to the office or there’s a new girl, don’t be afraid to be the first one to reach out. Invite your colleagues to hang out after hours over a cocktail or coffee. Find out about their hobbies, learn about where they’re from, and just see where the conversation goes. You never know what you might have in common!
Bring surprise treats
I’m a big baker and love sharing my creations. That’s why I’m an advocate of surprising your colleagues with a little something special (scones are my go-to) from time to time! It’s a small gesture that is sure to brighten their day while showing them how much you appreciate having them in your #worklife.
No, this isn’t permission to open the floodgates of feedback. Pay them a compliment when they ace a project or offer up advice if they’re struggling with something that you happen to be a pro at. They’ll appreciate you taking notice, and might even return the favor in the future!
Keep it clean
We all have that one colleague whose desk is a disaster zone. I hope this isn’t you, but, if it is, make an effort to keep your space clean. It will create a better environment for you and your colleagues. And you know that everyone will secretly be thanking you for improving the office eye sore.
Stop jumping to conclusions
Often times when we don’t know someone well, we tend to jump to conclusions about their character. In the office, this might be as simple as thinking someone is intentionally doing something to annoy you. But in reality, they probably don’t even realize they are doing it. Instead of letting it infuriate you, find a polite way to address it.
Well, there you have it. Five simple things you can do to become a better coworker. And by reading this post, you’re already on your way to becoming an established member of our movement! You got this!
Caitlin Topham is ACPR’s Public Relations Assistant and aspiring #Girlboss. When she’s not hustling at ACPR, she’s busy running the Gals That Brunch Fort Collins Chapter, attending local career workshops and scrolling through her favorite women in business’ feeds on Instagram for inspiration.
Photo courtesy of Cassie Rosch, Photography