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How To Have A Pleasant Working Environment

Updated on January 18, 2011

7 Ways To Build A Pleasant Working Environment

The average employee spends more of his waking time at work than anywhere else. Going to work means interacting with people who are not necessarily members of your own family, and who all have different personalities. This can lead to tension and conflicts that everyone can do without. In order to foster a pleasant working environment, one that benefits everyone, bosses and employees must work together. Here are some easy ways to build a pleasant working environment:

 Be pleasant

This is obvious, but pleasantness is not a quality that everyone can boast of. Some people find it difficult to smile, pay a compliment or even accept one. However, this does not negate your obligation to be as pleasant as possible.

Be a team player

Whether you work on an assembly line or a corporate setting you are part of a team. This holds for the person at the bottom of the ladder as well as the one at the top. Being a team player helps you demonstrate your abilities while at the same time allows you to learn from others.

 Appreciate each other’s differences

 No two people are alike. One person may love to hang around after work swapping family stories, another may be out of the parking lot on the stroke of the hour. That does not mean that both types cannot work together when necessary.

 Pull your weight

If you are the type of person who leans on others to take the brunt of the work, then you are cheating the company and yourself. Cheating myself? Yes, because you are not using your abilities to the fullest, and are therefore stunting your professional growth.

 Decide what you want out of the company

 Are you an owner or a renter? Think of your  home. If you own it you are likely to pay more attention to it than if you were renting. It's the same with your job. Owners take pride in their jobs and do all they can to promote it and themselves. Renters? Well, they are just waiting to move on to the next opportunity.

Do not be a spy

 Most companies expect you to report anyone whom you see violating the rules. However, chances are that the person is more likely to stop breaking the rules if you pull him aside, let him know what you observed, and that his habit can affect everyone in a negative way. If he persists in doing it, then by all means blow the whistle.

 Be reliable

This has as much to do with your speech as with your actions. Say what you mean and mean what you say. If you promise to show up for a meeting at a certain time, make sure and be there. If you promise to assist with a project, don't back down at the last minute.


Other tips:

1.. Be helpful without being a Cinderella.

2. Encourage others, especially newcomers.

3. Learn as much as you can.

4. Demonstrate your skills without being a show-off.


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      Angela Joseph 4 years ago from Florida

      Thank you, grand old lady. In this economy the last thing we need is an uncomfortable working environment. I see companies beginning to look at how well individual employees get along with each other when the time comes for their evaluation. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 4 years ago from Philippines

      An office environment can be rather cutthroat, and you just can't rely on your skills to get ahead. You need people skills, too. It makes a big difference if you can get along and everyone feels like a team instead of seeing everyone as a competitor. Your tips are very useful in this sense. Great hub.

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      Lisa Knox-Brown 7 years ago from Trinidad

      I enjoyed reading your hub. Very good advice :-)