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How to Get Along at the Office

The Office: Tips to Maintaining Harmony at Work

There was a lot of altercation going on at Dunder Mifflin on last night's episode of The Office, which the crew managed to smooth over at the end. Pam was pitted against Dwight, who was trying to use his position as the building owner to lower costs by making changes that people were becoming unhappy about. Michael was trying to beat Oscar's smarts, which created some friction as well. I'm thinking that most of the conflicts on the show could've been avoided with these savvy tips:

  • Question Yourself: Is it really necessary to win this argument? Ask yourself if you're really reacting rationally. Most of the time your sensitivities might be clouding your judgment.
  • Wait on It: If something really upsets you, take some time to think about it. Usually a good night's rest is great for keeping things in perspective.
  • Lose This Battle: Think of the end goal and decide if getting this tiny victory is really worth losing the bigger battle of having harmony in the workplace. Maybe you need to concede defeat in this case to achieve the ultimate goal of having good relationships with your co-workers.
  • Talk to Buddies: Sometimes all you need to do to let off some steam is to discuss it with friends. Talking it over with some friends can make you look at the situation from an outsider's perspective, which will help you make a more rational judgment.
  • Meet in Person: If you still feel the need to confront your colleague after you have really thought things through, schedule a meeting with him or her and be upfront about the matter. Remember not to be aggressive in your approach. There's always a peaceful and constructive way of going about it.

 

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