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.
— Gina DeLapa