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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
How to recognize and develop
personal traits that will enable you
to get along with others in the
workplace
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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Methods for developing behaviors
that will make you a more
effective coworker
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WHY IT’S IMPORTANT
Your ability to demonstrate the
personal traits and behaviors
that employers and employees
desire will greatly affect your
success in the workplace.
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KEY TERMS
tact
empathize
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If you develop good interpersonal
relationships with your coworkers,
you’ll enjoy your time at work more.
By showing a willingness to cooperate,
you’ll receive cooperation in return.
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Important Personal Traits
The following traits are important in the
workplace:
responsibility, including
dependability and positive
motivation;
self-esteem, including confidence;
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sociability, including friendliness,
enthusiasm, adaptability, and
respect for others;
integrity/honesty, including loyalty
and trustworthiness; and
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self-management, including selfcontrol and tact.
Tact is the ability to say things in a
way that will not offend other people.
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Important Personal Traits
Your success at work is an important
factor in your overall well-being.
Success is only attainable with the
right personal qualities.
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Self-Awareness on the Job
Self-awareness is your knowledge of
your personality and individuality.
If you are self-aware, you know not only
your strengths, but also the traits you
need to improve.
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Self-Awareness on the Job
Understanding your own unique blend of
qualities helps you adjust to new work
situations and get along well with others.
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Improving Your Personal Traits
Four steps to self-improvement are
to:
1. Zero in on one trait at a time.
2. Draw up a plan and stick to it.
3. Keep track of your progress.
4. Move on to the next trait.
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Becoming an Effective Coworker
By developing your positive traits,
you will get along better with your
coworkers.
By getting along better with your
coworkers, you will be more effective
at your job.
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Becoming an Effective Coworker
By being more effective at your job,
you will advance more rapidly in your
career.
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Becoming an Effective Coworker
Effectiveness comes about when
workers cooperate with one another.
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Becoming an Effective Coworker
To be an effective coworker, you
need:
respect,
understanding,
communication, and
good humor.
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Respecting Others
Mutual respect is the foundation of
cooperation.
The “I’m-better-than-you” attitude, the
idea that you are superior, undermines
cooperation.
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Respecting Others
Workers who become jealous of their
coworkers view them as rivals.
Jealous workers withhold respect
and cooperation.
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Respecting Others
A jealous worker refuses to admit that
coworkers may have worked more
effectively and deserve raises or
promotions.
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Understanding Others
You can develop understanding by
taking an interest in your coworkers’
goals and personal traits, and by
empathizing with them.
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Understanding Others
To empathize is to see someone
else’s point of view and to imagine
yourself in his or her situation.
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Understanding Others
Pay attention to your coworkers’ body
language.
Be alert to facial expressions, which
often give clues to people’s inner
feelings.
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Communicating with Others
How you listen is as important as
what you say.
If you don’t listen well, you won’t benefit
from being part of a team.
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Communicating with Others
Good communication also means
sharing information.
To keep projects running smoothly,
convey information promptly and clearly.
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Communicating with Others
Communicating does not mean talking
about your private life.
Leave personal issues at home.
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Keep Smiling!
Your sense of humor can carry you—
and your coworkers—through times
of stress.
Your sense of humor can unite a team
and make people feel better about
themselves.
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ETHICS in Action
Approaching Your Supervisor
You work the late shift at a customer service
center, where you receive incoming calls
from customers about their credit card
accounts. The other two workers on your
shift are best friends, and they take frequent
breaks together and leave you alone to
answer all of the calls.
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Approaching Your Supervisor
You’ve tried to talk to them, but they haven’t
changed their behavior. Because your
supervisor isn’t around at night, he doesn’t
know what’s happening.
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Approaching Your Supervisor
THINK ABOUT IT
How will you approach your supervisor
about your coworkers?
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CAREER CHECKLIST
To Be an Effective Coworker…
Keep your work area neat and
organized.
Limit personal phone calls and e-mail.
Plan your day’s schedule, keeping in
mind any meetings or duties that will
interrupt your work time.
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To Be an Effective Coworker…
Complete the most important work first—
don’t get caught up in minor details.
Avoid procrastinating—it may prevent you
from producing top-quality work on
schedule.
Tackle one task at a time, and don’t get
sidetracked.
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Key Concept Checkpoint
Comprehension
1. Describe a situation in which you
effectively applied important personal
qualities. What did you learn from this
experience?
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Comprehension
2. Which of the four interpersonal
behaviors discussed in this section do
you think is the most important?
Why?
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Critical Thinking
3. What type of body language can you
use to show that you’re a caring and
respectful coworker?
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