Published 06 December 2016 Category: Compass Tips

How YOU can create a kick ass work environment – no matter your position

What do we mean by a kick ass work environment? Simply an environment that is positive, productive and has palpable energy! Regardless of whether you’re part of a small startup or a large global company, it is possible to create a positive work environment – no matter what your position is.
This is especially important in Asia, where 9 to 5 jobs are hard to come by. A survey conducted in Compass Offices key markets in early 2016 showed that that nearly a quarter of those polled in the APAC region work 10-11 hours, with the same amount either working from home or taking work home everyday.  
This means that on a day-to-day basis, you’re spending more time with co-workers than with your friends and families. Thus, it’s important to not only tolerate your work environement but actually enjoy it!  Here are some tips on building that kick ass work atmosphere, regardless of whatever rung on the ladder you're on.

Give recognition (and praise) where it’s deserved.

If you’re getting recognition – whether it’s from superiors or clients – include any colleague or employee who has worked on the same project as you.  Don’t act as if you’re more important. Most roles require teamwork, so be considerate and give credit to others. This creates not just positive energy, but will make other people place the same values on teamwork. What better environment than one where everyone works as a unit?

Avoid speaking negatively about colleagues.

When you judge others harshly or gossip on a regular basis, you invite negativity into your life and the workforce.  If you act and show others that you’re open, accepting and kind, you’ll attract colleagues who are similarly minded.  This also shows others – perhaps those more inclined to gossip – that you’re not into that kind of negative energy and talk, so they should stay away.

Be reliable to your colleagues – and your clients.

Your clients need to know they can count on you to deliver work reliably. Do your job well and people will begin to see you as consistent and trustworthy. In the same way, if your colleague asks you a question, respond with as much urgency as if they are a client you’re trying to impress. People notice punctuality and reliablity – these are positive traits that will elevate you in the eyes of others.

Socialize outside of work with your colleagues.

Does your work have a happy hour every Friday? If so, you should head to it at least every once in a while. You don’t need to be best friends with all of your colleagues, but it doesn’t hurt to get to know them on some sort of personal level. What are their interests? What is their background? You might find out you share more than just work and stronger interpersonal ties reflect in the workforce.

But remember, there’s no need to over share!

While one or two colleagues might eventually end up being your BFF, you should strive to create a positive but appropriate work relationship with the rest.  That means that you should have boundaries. There’s no need to tell everyone about the awful hangover you have after a heavy night of drinking or all the arguments you’re having with your significant other. Keep it professional and clean to avoid unnecessary awkwardness.