AP English Language & Composition
Do you feel that having a close-knit bond with coworkers keeps you focused, engaged, and productive? If so, then you are in good company. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to work in such suitable conditions. In a recent Robert Half International survey, 65 percent of employees and 57 percent of executives polled said that office productivity increases when colleagues are friendly. Through my relatives’ many years of experience and my research, two types of coworkers became clear to me. The following are a few types of colleagues to make friends with and some to keep at distance. Being surrounded by affable and helpful associates can be a truly remarkable experience. Associating yourself with these types of work friends can make your job less stressful and beneficial. Just like ice cream comes in different flavors, there are three types of coworkers you want to work with – The Handy Helpers, The Caring Critics, and The Veterans. Sustaining a positive relationship with Handy Helper employees can be a true lifesaver when you are faced with challenges. It is beneficial to have a trusted and reliable friend at work that you can lean on for support and assistance when you are overburdened. For instance, let’s say that you have an emergency and you cannot come to work. Alas, you need someone to cover your shift or otherwise you might get fired. In such episode, a Handy Helper is very useful. You can call him/her up and when you explain your situation there’s no doubt that your friend will not let you down because he/she knows that you would do the same. Workers who have built bonds with their coworkers have no paucity of helping hands to call upon. Another character you would like to connect with is The Caring Critic. Having a work ally who can offer feedback and helpful criticism on your ideas or projects can be very invaluable. Let’s say that you have to impress...