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The Friends & Co-Workers Who Spark Joy

With all due respect for Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I have never been all that big on talking to my clothes.

But I did enjoy the book, and her phrase “spark joy” seems to apply at least somewhat to relationships at work.

So who are the co-workers who spark joy? In the spirit my earlier post, The Marks of a True Friend, here’s my take:

The Co-Workers Who Spark Joy...

  • Respect your need for space, especially first thing in the morning
  • Take an interest in your life (without sparking discomfort)
  • Side note: If something feels not right, pay attention to that. It means something.
  • Put paper in the copy machine
  • Know how to change a toner cartridge—and do
  • Return what they borrowed
  • Don’t “borrow” office supplies for home
  • Celebrate your victories as well as their own
  • Keep their voices down in shared workspaces
  • Don’t talk in meetings just to hear themselves talk
  • Follow through on what they say they’re going to do
  • Keep conversations on track
  • Talk more “to” you than they do about you
  • Resolve conflicts fairly
  • Give credit where credit is due
  • Like a good roommate, are easy to be around

What about you? What do you look for in a good co-worker? What are some ways you make yourself easy to be around? To join the conversation online, please visit my Facebook page.

Who are the co-workers who spark joy? Here's my take.

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