How to Connect With Your Coworkers

It can be intimidating being the new intern. You feel like an outsider and like you don’t fit in at first. You’re not sure if you’ll be liked or who you should go to for help. If you take anything from your internship, at the very least you should learn how to connect with people. A large part of your career involves asking people questions, presenting information to people, or collaborating with people. As you can see, communication is one of the most important things in your career. Because you will be around your new coworkers for a good deal of time in your internship, it is important that you develop a relationship with them. Bonding with your workers may be the difference between getting a full-time offer or being miserable for the next few months.

1. Ask Them About Their Lives Outside of Work

In the morning or before you leave for the day, say a simple “good morning” or “good night”. Take this opportunity to ask them about their plans after work or how their weekend was. You might just find that you have a lot in common with them. It helps you deal with stress as well when you talk about something other than work especially if you can talk about something you both enjoy.

2. Ask Them for Help

If you have a project that you are having trouble with, run a few ideas by them and see what they think. This sends the message that you trust their judgement. Remember to share the credit if they have helped you with something. Asking for help also sends the message that you really care about your job and really want to do a good job.

3. Collaborate With Them

Ask your coworkers if they need any help on their projects.  You can get a good understanding of how they think and how they attack projects. This is a good way to show your coworker that you are capable of completing tasks on your own and in a professional manner. Also, you can get an idea of how much they enjoy what they are doing and if it something you might be interested as well.

3. Be Each Other’s Biggest Cheerleaders

When your coworker gets a promotion or does a really good job on a presentation congratulate them and treat it as if it were your own victory. Having a good team makes all the difference. When you know you have a great team behind you, it will make the days go by faster and make work get done so much more efficiently.

I hope you all have been enjoying my posts this week. Tomorrow is the last day of the Internship Series!! I can’t believe it.

Have a great rest of your day and I will see you all tomorrow!

-Shelby

 

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