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Habits to improve your interpersonal skills

people skillsOne of the most common and ignored job descriptions today is that you need to work well with others. Little do you know, this is not a request, rather a critical part of any job and non-negotiable. In other words, if you don’t work well with others, consider yourself fired. This will happen over and over, no matter where you work until you find yourself in a lonely job working alone.

If you, however, learn and develop your interpersonal habits when it comes to working in a team or with others, then this could lead to leadership opportunities, higher salary, and a far more rewarding job description.

Listed below are some habits that if implemented correctly will ultimately result in success for individuals and teams. Some might seem silly and obvious but then this will mean that everyone can do them and get them right. I can guarantee from the list below,you know someone who will get some of them wrong.

There are many ways and habits that will enhance working relationships and teamwork. Some habit don’t take much effort to do and adopt but offer the largest benefits. Some of the habits in the list might seem trivial. But if you start to get  a few of them wrong or right, this might mean the difference between getting fired or keeping your job. Or even a promotion.

Here are a few recommendations:

  • Always remember to put your phone away.
  • Take the time to spend time with co-workers.
  • Never interrupt others when they are talking just to get your ideas out.
  • Always do things with a win-win in mind and not at the detriment of others.
  • Never forget to brush your teeth and be aware of bad breath.
  • Reply to emails immediately even to say that you received the email and will respond in more detail later.
  • Be aware how you say things, Be honest and tactful in your communication.
  • Always respond to all emails you receive. When you receive a response, don’t forget to say thank you.
  • Be aware of your body language when you are around others.
  • Before you click the send button, double-check what you have written and make sure you are sending the email to the correct person and included all attachments.
  • Be aware of the noise level you are making when, for example, you are listening to music.
  • Make sure you are always punctual and on time for every appointment.
  • Always share the credit with your co-workers.
  • Stay positive and be happy. Positive people are generally successful and help others to succeed.
  • Always try to keep smiling. It’s a sign of happiness and will lead to success.
  • If you want to make friends, then never forget their names.
  • If you see trash on the floor, pick it up. Don’t say it’s someone else job.
  • Look at your co-workers when they are talking to you.
  • Never quit on yourself and think you cannot be friendly. Always strive to improve yourself.
  • Always look a the positive in others and assume the best.
  • Make sure you put deodorant before coming to the office.
  • Plan your day and review what did at the end of the day.
  • Stand up and take responsibility if you make a mistake or something goes wrong.
  • Don’t be afraid to say no or disagree. Nothing worse than working with someone who always agrees with you.
  • Make sure you exercise and take care of your health.
  • Avoid all forms of profanity and swearing.
  • Keep an open mind even if you think you might be 100% right. There is always that remote chance that you are actually wrong.
  • When someone does a favor for you, make sure to thank them sincerely and make sure they know you appreciate it.

Have fun and enjoy. Tell your friends and co-workers.


Most important skills employers are looking for when hiring

CareerWhen deciding to hire graduates, employers are most often looking for those individuals who are able to work in a team, confident in their decision making, and have the ability to solve problems. Graduates also need to be able to communicate with fellow team members as well as customers. It is important for graduates to possess technical skills that are related to their jobs descriptions.

Here are some of the most important skills that employers are seeking when hiring:

1. Ability to work i with others within a team structure.
2. Ability and confidence to make decisions and solve problems.
3. Be able to communicate with individuals both inside and outside the company.
4. Have the capability to plan, organize and prioritize work.
5. Be able to obtain and process information.
6. Have skills to analyze quantitative data.
7. Technical understanding and knowledge related to the job description.
8. Be proficient in software programs related to their jobs.
9. Be able to create and edit written reports.
10. Be able to influence others.

No matter what you study or major in at college, it is imperative that graduates possess the skills listed above. These skills must be conveyed in your cover letter, resume and job interview.  Today, employers are looking for those individuals who possess universal skills across different academic disciplines and in positions or job role when working with other team members. In order to land that dream job, graduates need to be able to communicate in a clear and precise way that they have these skills.


Critical people skills you need to succeed at work

People Skills


What qualities are required for a particular job or vital to lead a team? Do you think you have the technical skills and experience to receive a promotion? Even-though you might have extensive experience and highly developed technical skills, it is imperative to have good soft skills also known as people skills to succeed at work.

People skills are those attributes and competencies that individuals have to get along with others. One might think of it as having a good personality or being likable amongst your peers. But more often than not, these attributes come in the form of effective, accurate and persuasive communication. People skills can be defined as the the ability to communicate effectively with people in a friendly way, especially in business.

Here are 20 “people skills” and attributes you’ll need to succeed at work:

  • The ability to relate to others
  • Strong communication skills
  • Patience with others
  • The ability to trust others
  • Knowing how and when to show empathy
  • Active listening skills
  • Genuine interest in others
  • Flexibility
  • Good judgment
  • The ability to persuade others
  • Good negotiation skills
  • The ability to keep an open mind
  • A great sense of humor
  • Knowing your audience
  • Honesty
  • Awareness of body language
  • Proactive problem solving
  • Leadership skills
  • Good manners
  • The ability to be supportive and motivate others