Harmony in the Workplace: Your Role as a Newbie in Fostering a Good Working Environment

Wanting harmony in the workplace is a common wish of many executives. At some point in your career you may end up in a company with politics and bickering. What can you do then as a newbie in the workplace?

There are a few things you can do. Of course, I am cautious a lot of these steps go against habits and changing is tough. There are also internal office dynamics to consider. I believe if you are sincere and take small steps at a time, you can do it to help create harmony.

Not many people think about giving when it comes to office harmony. It is the easiest word to say but it is also the hardest to practice. We have habituated to being selfish and to always take care of our own interests. So much so that we forget about the others who work with us. When the balance is tilt, it gives rise to disharmony.

To have harmony in the workplace, give willingly. Know that it doesn’t always mean someone has to lose in order for us to win. So, how do you give in order to create harmony? Very simply – remember these – give in, give up, give out.

Give in – do you always take a hard stance on certain issues? Learn to give in on some of these. Does it really matter one year down the road some of the stance you have taken? Yes, you need to hold on to strong work guiding principles like working with pride, passion and belief. Search yourself to see if you have any stance that is based on opinions and not principles. Learn to give in. When you learn to give in, you put in motion harmony in the workplace.

Give up – pick a personal bad habit that creates tension in the workplace. Is there something you can give up in order to create harmony? Work on it now. Today. It takes small steps in order to achieve the greater good for everybody.

Give out – here’s a practice that can get you in the swing of things. You need not be rich to do this. Generously give out smiles. Smile when you meet someone in the lift.

Practice with a total stranger. A simple “Good morning”, a “How are you?” or a “Which floor do you need to go?” are all practice for the simple act of giving out. Do this with colleagues too. When you do this often enough with colleagues you naturally feel good and this is contagious.

Give out a nod, a smile and a simple “How are you?” Giving does not make us any poorer; it makes us richer in our hearts. A rich heart that is giving out is a hand that is reaching out. No one can blame us for not trying.

Does creating harmony in the workplace stop here? No. Take it a step further. Be supportive of those who give too. When you see people giving, encourage them. Giving builds affinity amongst colleagues. When people can feel your generosity, they will reciprocate. Granted there will be those who will be exploitative and pounce on this opportunity. The advice is this - let them be. Only beggars take and not give.

You are rich and can afford to give. To give is your contribution to harmony in the workplace.

(This is part one of a two-part article)

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