Steps for Preventing Gossip to Infiltrate your Office

While many of us take part in it and consider work gossip innocuous reality of working in an office, the truth is unnecessary gossip has the ability to destroy even the strongest people. Here’s the reason why it’s best to avoid work chatter:

It allows doubt to develop.

The team will part for unnecessary reasons.

Colleagues won’t have useful discussions related to work.

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When you begin discussing about colleagues as opposed to conversing with them, you start to bring a negative change in their attitude. We should normally understand that our colleagues have a justifiable reason or purpose behind what they do. But when gossip spreads, the team starts to do the direct inverse of this. Colleagues start to expect that different people have something interesting to tell about the topic of gossip and this in the process will fuel the doubts even more. Gossip makes it simple for an endless loop of questions and doubts to flourish and destroy the future of the person on target. Gossip also causes teams to be divided in groups, which also affect work on the whole. You won’t have useful discussions. Discussing colleagues behind their backs is a tendency that results in office politics and issues which can hurt someone’s reputation as well as their future in the company.

Here are some tips to help you avoid gossip at office:

  1. Work on accepting positive side. In case you’re ever vague about something said for an associate make it your obligation to make inquiries and look for elucidation. On the off chance that it’s a basic misconception, you’ll have the capacity to move past it rapidly. On the off chance that a colleague’s thoughts don’t profit the team, you can talk about this specifically and give them opportunity to divert their endeavors.

  1. Urge individuals to bring their issues out in the open. On the off chance that somebody is always grumbling about a colleague, drive them to bring their issues out beyond any confining influence. Reveal to them that nothing will be better unless they address it straightforwardly – and let them realize that contention and contradiction are the main ways extreme issues can get settled.

  1. Be a decent good example. Try not to discuss your colleagues. On the off chance that you need to be on a sound, gainful team, you have to unlearn unfortunate instances or things discussed about a colleague. Figure out how to converse with your colleagues rather than about them. Regardless of the possibility that you’ve endured (or partaken in) gossip some time recently, let others know you have changed your ways and wouldn’t endure it pushing ahead. Influence it to clear that you’re putting work first.

Gossip is really a standout amongst the most harming practices in any office – it keeps us from putting trust in our colleagues, being our best selves, and making progress with our team. In case you’re the team leader, your activity is to set the standard. Also, in the event that you set the standard that gossip isn’t endured, you’ll rapidly observe this mindset spread all through your team.

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NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS TO BOOST YOUR CAREER & TRICKS TO ACCOMPLISH THEM

Every year we make resolutions and promise ourselves to fulfill them, but most of the time we break these resolutions. This year, we are going to do something different. For starters, we will make resolutions and actually keep them! However, most of all, this year our resolutions won’t be goals related to our weight, habit of smoking, or binge watching GOT. It’s 2018, and the year calls for some serious action on your professional goals. You need as much motivation and appreciation in your career as you hope to get in your personal life, but for that you need to work on your career goals. So, here are a few resolutions for you to keep this year. Let’s begin with all and see by the end of the year how many of them you could actually fulfill.

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  1. Build relationships

Fun things first! Who doesn’t like to socialize, build healthy relationships, except if you are an introvert, but that doesn’t mean you cannot connect with people. Social media offers amazing opportunities for you to get in touch with people from your field and share knowledge with them. Recall the names of people from your university, your mentors, ex-colleagues, and even interns at that company you may have been in touch with. Look them up on LinkedIn and try to build up connections. They will help you endorse your skills as well as be visible to possible recruiters from your industry.

Resolution Trick: You don’t have to make 100 connections in one day. Do add people on your social media accounts, but besides this, make sure to choose one person and get in touch directly with him, either face to face, through email, or on call, to discuss a new idea/project, ask a question, or just to bond over a game of pool.

  1. Make a check list for each month of the year

We love making lists, especially a list of all that we want to do and achieve. However, this time we will make a check list for every month of the year. This will help us stick to our resolutions and make few small ones every month. By the time we reach end of February, we start expecting a raise and a promotion, without ever considering if our performance has been actually worth it. Through this list you can check every month for career complacency, what is motivating you (or not), and whether you have made any improvements or accomplishments in that month. Depending on the industry in which you are (or are willing to move in to), try to add a simple but useful accomplishment. For example, instead of writing ‘learn French’ in your list, you can add: ‘By March finish first 5 basic lessons in French.’ This may help you actually accomplish your goals.

Resolution Trick: Make three columns for every month, one for adding a goal to finish, one to check on the previous goals and backlogs on your resolutions, and third one to write what you actually did (accomplished goals or even those achievements not included in the previous plan). Also, keep January reserved for making these decisions, adapting to changes, and getting into the habit of working on your new schedule. This will decrease the failure rate later on.

  1. Fill your Calendar

The first month of every year, the internet is filled with new events and offers on courses. Look out for important conferences related to your field which you can attend, a vocational course you can take up, online magazines and blogs or career podcasts that you can subscribe to, workshops you can take, and people you can meet that may help you build your career. Now, mark your phone calendars or note down in your journal the important or tentative dates/months. Make sure to include in your monthly check list anything that may help you successfully go forward with the scheduled Calendar. For example, if there’s an advanced level workshop happening in June, you can ensure that you go through the basics and get a knowledge of the intermediate level in the previous months. You can keep filling up the calendar as and when you are notified of new events, live chats, etc.

Resolution Trick: Do not include anything you may not be looking forward to in the end. For instance, choose conferences from places you can actually travel to, include people who can actually be ready to meet you and provide you with assistance, and do not add more than 1 or 2 online blog/magazine names which you are actually going to follow.

  1. Make room for new things & new goals

De-cluttering is the first step to moving into the New Year and if you haven’t done it so far, you may want to start with it now. Not because it’s fun, but because it is important to make space for all the new things you wish to do. De-cluttering does not necessarily mean that you need to clean your office cupboards and tidy up your desks. What it actually means is removing negative energy from your life, breaking contacts with those who always de-motivate you (yes, it may sound harsh, but come on, don’t they ever realize how harsh it is to underestimate you all the time), breaking off habits that are affecting you negatively professionally (such as office gossip, feeling hurt every time your boss rejects your idea, or talking negatively about your work), and trying to move past your excuses to actually realize your potential and move on to accomplish your goals.

Resolution Trick: For every new habit you include in your ‘to do this year’ list, you need to make some time to actually do it by removing some unnecessary things you do through-out the day. Without time, a plan, and the will to actually accomplish something, your goals are useless. For every bad habit you want to drop, replace it with a better and more useful habit.

  1. Give your resume an update

Remember, the first time you made your resume. It was probably copied from a friend who copied it from another friend who used his elder brother’s resume. Well, whether you believe it or not, your resume is outdated. It may have worked last time you got this job, and you may not even be looking for another job, but giving your resume a makeover is important. But wait a minute, we were actually talking about updating your resume, not just making it over. Whether you are going to change the look of your resume or not is a secondary thing, what you need this year is to add some accomplishments to your CV, add a sample cover letter (to be updated later when you actually apply to a company) related to your industry and skills, and remove your high school achievements, especially if you are no longer a fresher.

Resolution Trick: Aim on doing things this year which you can actually include in your CV & yes, even online courses count! Highlight your key achievements and accomplished projects. Search online for CVs of successful people in your field and it may give you some inspiration as well as a few serious goals to keep up with. If you are enthusiastic enough, you may want to get on with an online portfolio.

  1. Take on a new challenge

Resolutions are boring and never easy to accomplish, but that’s only because we always make resolutions for the things which we keep on putting off, or those which are actually truly boring! Every year we fall into a pattern of a predictable routine, which tends to turn monotonous, doesn’t excite our brain to go that extra mile as well as affects our creativity and our learning ability. You may have heard-“What scares you, will grow you!” Well, it’s true. Take up a challenge. It can be something big related to your field of work like working on a project all by yourself, starting your own website or blog, or something fun like an adventure sport (yes, that will help you too, not directly in your career, but it will help you refresh your mind, and strike the work-life balance). You can even make it small and simple, like finishing off a ‘puzzle’ (read: logical reasoning) book all by yourself, or making it a routine to do the weekly crossword. Besides this, try to do something which is out of your comfort zone at work, for example, giving a presentation at a meeting, eating lunch with your colleagues instead of at your desk by yourself, or even taking up new responsibilities. Just take the initiative, get noticed, and get appreciated.

Resolution Trick: First, think about the things you have always wanted to do, but were too hesitant to go for or always thought yourself not capable of doing it. Prepare in your own time and the next place you get an opportunity, stop your brain from discouraging you and do it! Just taking the initiative may get you all the appreciation. Moreover, most of the people around you may not even be as good at the task as you thought and may really like your efforts!

  1. Embrace optimism

Positivity is very important to keep your mind motivated and driven to learn, explore, and innovate. Only a healthy and un-stressed mind can help you achieve your goals and be successful. Start by sleeping on time, waking up a little early and exercising. Remember that a good breakfast is the best start to any day. Being punctual, and making a list in your head of all the things you need to do that day may help you stay organized and finish tasks before the deadline. Don’t forget to take breaks to meditate and refresh your mind time to time with simple yet out of the ordinary activities, like painting, going to a library to read, taking a walk in the nearby park and appreciating the natural beauty, or volunteering for a social cause.

Resolution Trick: Just start doing it! Ban your mind from making any excuses and start discovering a more confident and wiser you. After all, it’s the New Year, and it needs a ‘New You’!

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A GUIDE TO FINDING THE RIGHT CANDIDATE

Finding the correct match for a position in your organization is a basic errand for any business to work successfully. While it is overwhelming to survey several resumes and take many meetings to locate the best contender for every job vacancy, there are some essential enrollment tips that can make the procedure smoother and more productive. Let’s uncover the best recruitment tricks for HR managers to find the right candidate in an effortless way.

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Screening Process:

Once you’ve got the applications for the vacancies, you need to start screening CV. Normally, every position has its own prerequisites because of which there is no ‘perfect resume’ to search for. Be that as it may, while screening, businesses should do whatever it takes not to be excessively rigid about their criteria, as it can diminish the ability to recognize the right person for the job. Therefore, it is a good to keep up a ‘Possibly’ list in the event that the hopefuls shortlisted at first don’t satisfy your necessities.

Description of Job:

Candidates apply to you company only after reading the description of the job profile you have a vacancy for, and therefore, it is fundamental that you draft it in a way that draws in the correct pool of competitors. Subtle elements, for example, work title, obligations and required abilities and capabilities are a pre-essential for a good job profile description. Pick your words deliberately and guarantee that the part coordinates the activity title. Other elements, for example, pay and benefits are optional, yet are a major piece of any applicant’s choice to apply. In the event that the bundle offered is higher than industry normal, giving the range is probably going to draw in more applications. Similarly, not saying any figure can demoralize potential candidates.

Selection Process Planning:

Having a clear method of selection makes a decent impact on hopefuls. An effective enlistment process will probably interest a candidate to acknowledge the offer, and in addition decreases costs for the organization.  For each position, it is basic to have an unmistakable enrollment process which incorporates choosing the phases for selection, and additionally the point of each stage. Each stage must test certain aptitudes or capacities.

Presentation of the Company Values:

Often, recruiters overlook that while they scrutinize the candidates, they are being judged also. You have to establish a decent connection of your organization and make sure to tune in to the hopeful too, to give them a reasonable chance to advance themselves. You should likewise endeavor to structure the meeting and ask the correct inquiries that permit you to understand the character and aptitudes of the interviewee precisely.

A good recruitment process is after all only if the candidate you select becomes a strength for the company or a liability. At last, there is no correct approach to recruitment, which is the reason it should be altered by your individual needs. However, following the above basic enlistment tips is certain to make your procedure easier, and empower you to locate the ideal match in a simple and effective way!

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5 Habits That May Be Making You an Annoying Colleague

Regardless of whether you’re the most tolerant individual on the planet, odds are you’re acquainted with those people who are so offensive they influence you to close your eyes, grasp your clasp hands, and clench your teeth. You feel it but you never show it, just as the others feel it and never say it. However, have you ever considered if one of your habits may be making someone else feel the same? After all, no one’s perfect! You may be responsible for a couple of these regular bungles. Here are five times you sound repulsive at work—without acknowledging it.

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  1. You Interrupt When Someone is Talking

When individuals talk, they expect you to listen and pay intention. It is rude to interrupt, and more often disrupts the flow or changes the course of what the other person is saying. However, without realization, if you’re one of those individuals who tends to continually hop in and cut individuals off mid-sentence, you’re probably getting on the nerves of your colleagues. While you may believe that your unremitting intrusions (and your pointless inclination to finish other individuals’ sentences for them) may be a successful approach to exhibit your level of engagement in the discussion, it’s actually creating a negative influence. So, next time when someone speaks, check out for this habit!

  1. When You Constantly Put Yourself Down

You may want not to appear arrogant, or someone who brags about oneself each time they make even the littlest achievement at work, but continually talking yourself down is similarly as irritating as it makes you appear someone who wants to hide his talents, is confused and has low self-esteem, or someone who is not ready to involve his colleagues in his achievements. It may often seem as if you are looking out for appreciation and colleagues justifying your talents.

  1. When You Keep Prompting

Being useful is a profitable quality in the workplace. But in case you’re one of those individuals who’s always curious, have unnecessary questions, or always seek help even on small issues, you’re likely appearing to be intrusive. In case you are at a senior position, checking on work of the team members too often may seem you pushy, and domineering. Unless you have a productive solution that could make somebody’s activity less hectic, it’s safe to not prompt very often. Moreover, no one likes the colleague who’s always attempting to tell other individuals how they ought to complete their job—especially on the off chance that it doesn’t include them at all.

  1. When You Always Complain

From situations such as: the weather is unpleasant, you have got too many tasks to handle that day, the seat is not comfortable, your eyes hurt from gazing at the PC screen, the place is too hot, or you are not getting time to take a break; there can be a lot going on which doesn’t feel right. However, complaining about these things cannot help, neither can anyone else assist you in these situations. Staying calm and exhibiting a poise conduct helps you look confident, responsible, and reliable. On the other hand, complaining about every other small thing all the time may only show your cynicism and irritate your colleagues.

  1. When You Compliment Too Much

Usually when you compliment someone you’re trying to be friendly and appreciative. But imagine someone complimenting you for everything they do, on each little thing they finish, and even on things that are unrelated and only minor, chances are that you would get irritated. Complimenting too much makes you seem fake, and people start to question the credibility of what you say. It may seem weird that there’s such a mind-bending concept as being excessively pleasant, however surprisingly there is. If you compliment someone too much it may even start making them feel awkward and uneasy.

So, next time you get offended by someone else, first check out for the above habits in you and let’s just all try not to be that annoying colleague at the workplace to make workplace a pleasant place for everyone!

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3 Myths about Work-Life Balance

As a child our goals used to be to become an astronaut, or may an adventurer that we knew would require so much hard work and working at odd times, but in adulthood most of us got stuck in the 9-5, with only one goal in mind i.e. to achieve the work-life balance. Often we dishearten ourselves because of the myths we hear around or come to believe. Check out the following three myths which may be hurting your sense of work life balance even when you have achieved it at some level. Here they are:

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Myth 1: The Less Hours You Work, the Happier You Will Be

The primary thing the vast majority consider when attempting to get balance in their work and home life is to diminish the hours spent at the workplace. While this approach may work temporarily, lessening your office hour time won’t do much for long haul work-life balance. There are such a significant number of things that influence that there are similarly the same number of miserable individuals in employments that require 20 hours each week as there are in occupations that require 40. Balance doesn’t mean you have to consider how long you work, but how well you are handling your family needs, interests, well being and your own health needs, with the work load and the professional objectives you have.

Myth 2: A Perfect 50/50 Balance is Possible

Sorry to burst the bubble of perception that a perfect 50/50 work life balance is possible, but the truth is that trying to achieving such a balance is the main issue a lot of employees experience. It doesn’t have to be 50/50, in fact you need to know your responsibilities on both sides and try to achieve them, and regardless how much time you are giving to each. In other words, it’s not about the time, but about how well you are fulfilling your dreams as a professional and as an individual, with full consideration of people around you. For some a week-long vacation is enough to rejuvenate them after a year of working, and for some 4 days away from work every month is not enough! You reach the work life balance only when you are satisfied at work and in life, regardless of how much time you are spending where. Plus, priority may keep on changing between work and personal depending on where you are required more or in which area you need to grow more.

Myth 3: What Works for Your Colleague Will Also Work for You

Every person is different and so are their dreams, their stamina and energy, and their will as well as priorities. Comparing yourself to someone else is always an invitation to depression. Your colleague may be able to work to work 10 hours, go home, watch a movie and still come back the next day refreshed, while you struggle finishing your 8 hour shift and can’t wait to hit the sack, only to find yourself tired the next morning. There are a lot of things that matter, when it comes to work-life balance, especially things which are connected to your health. For example, 7 hours of good sleep may not do any good if you are not eating properly in the day, and may result in tiredness, which affects your performance at work, as well leaved no energy for any personal life activity, leaving you dissatisfied with your life. This results in feelings of depression, frustration, and irritation cropping up both in your professional as well as personal life.

The only trick to wake up fresh everyday is to go to sleep satisfied with your work and personal life. Do not set unrealistic goals and priorities. Do what you enjoy doing and make sure to give yourself some time, too. Take care of your health and stay connected with friends and family to avoid feelings of aloofness. Make sure whatever you do you give your 100% but no your limitations and boundaries. Creating work life balance is easy if only you make decisions based on the type of work you do, your future goals, your family life situation etc., and only you can know it best. Just be sure not to leave behind your true self in the rat race to success!

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Four Ways to Ace the Interview for a Career Change

Moving to another field implies beginning from the start, with no previous experience. It can be overwhelming and therefore, finding an interview in itself is a kind of achievement. Finding an interview implies you’re being thought of in the industry you want to join and so you’re well on your way in the job changing progress process. It’s time to learn these four interview tips to help you ace your big career change interview.

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  1. Know Your Value and Use Examples to Show It

In case you want to persuade someone from another industry you’re a really great candidate for a particular job in that industry, you need to trust this statement yourself first! Begin by working out all that you do, in detail. Incorporate the greater part of your undertakings and your achievements. This will help you to see your transition smoothly and the skills that can be applied to numerous settings. You weren’t a “client benefit agent for a company;” you were somebody who “helped clients with orders, advanced new items and benefits, and tended to customer problems professionally.”

Learn to turn your past positions along these lines, and you’ll see it significantly simpler to clarify how your function history fits the change you’re chasing. Discuss a period you really worked through a problem or thought of a creative arrangement. Regardless of the possibility that the issue was completely irrelevant to your new job profile, the capacity to think fundamentally and issue understand says a lot of your ability level. Clarify how you would give that experience something to do in your new part.

  1. Try not to Show up Empty-Handed

Make a special effort to demonstrate a company that you’re fit for going up against this new part by carrying proof with you. This may incorporate example work, preparing declarations, or a plan, or something unique. For example if you are moving to the field of journalism, bring your writing works. It’s okay if you haven’t composed a news story; an elegantly composed yearly report still exhibits your authority of dialect and capacity to mesh complex subtle elements into sound entirety. If you are progressing from a non-tech field into a field that requires programming, bring certificates for the online courses you took. In case you don’t have an online portfolio, bring a tablet so you can demonstrate your potential skills.

  1. Get Comfortable With Imperfection

It’s okay to concede that you don’t know everything and you don’t meet each capability. Not all interviewees meet each and every criteria of any given job profile. Yet, don’t simply say, “Hmm, I don’t have the any idea,” or “Well, I’ve never done that,” when made such inquiries. It’s alright to recognize the gap, however help your potential boss to remember some other experience that will enable you to limit that gap. What’s more, be sure when you answer these questions. If you sound anxious of handling another part, for what reason would a recruiter employ you? So despite the fact that there will be an underlying change, envision it’s something you can learn and be able to cope up with in view of your present abilities.”

  1. Get ready for “The Question”

At last, don’t hold up until the point that you’re before your interviewer to consider how to clarify the purpose behind your profession change, since, no doubt about it, you will be made this big question. Plan ahead, and hone your reaction so you aren’t endeavoring to express it in an unimpressive, unconvincing, or nervous manner. Individuals settle on this choice for a lot of reasons. Whatever your inspiration, leave out any unrelated details. Once more, it’s okay to quickly recognize that conditions are not as much as great. Perhaps you were realized late that the field you’ve been working in isn’t one you need to remain in for whatever is left of your life. Abstain from talking negatively of your previous job or industry. Keep it straightforward and positive. Talk about how you intend to influence your present aptitudes and encounters to work in your new job.

These four tips will definitely help you in your endeavor to move towards a new career with confidence. Check out Mara Jobs for opportunities outside your field of work.

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Here’s Why People Find You Condescending at Work

There are some people who always seem to have their own way. The ones who have a talent for scaling on their overinflated ego while influencing you to feel quite little and irrelevant. They seem arrogant even when they have not necessarily talked to you in that manner and seem to be filled with pride that’ no good.

But let’s consider this: What in case you’re appearing to be that belittling individual in your office? Imagine a scenario in which – oops! – You don’t even realize you’re doing it. After all we are all human, which implies it’s anything but difficult to slide into some egotistical and predominant propensity once in a while. Here are five signs that you may be condescending at work:

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  1. You Aren’t Choosing Your Words Carefully

There are some words that have a method for sneaking into our vocabulary and kicking everybody around us. Consider the last time you articulated a sentence like that in the workplace. Embedding few words into your sentences instantly influences you to sound stooping. For example, “as a matter of fact” demonstrates an attitude of making someone feel not quite right in what they are thinking, it shows disapproval. Also, “just” infers straightforwardness—as in the sentence: “Just so that you are clear…” Taking care of choosing your words properly can help you get along with your colleagues much easily.

  1. You’re Always Putting Yourself First

You had planned on along break on a particular day you worked too hard and your boss approved. Now, despite the fact that you know your team is scrambling to complete a task, regardless you’re taking off for that long break you accept you’re qualified for. You give your colleagues a wave and a short grin as you breeze past them. It’s true that once in a while you have to put yourself first, nonetheless, there’s barely a recognizable difference between dealing with your own needs and treating your associates like doormats.

  1. You’re the Master of Backhanded Compliments

You may believe that you’re continually showering your collaborators in commend. It’s justified regardless of some reflection to ensure you aren’t doling out an excessive number of underhanded compliments. For example, complimenting colleagues in a way that seem more negative than anything at all like appreciation. Saying things like “At last you have done this great job.” or “Congrats, finally you managed to finish this!” can sound and mean a lot negative than you may imply. If your aim to offer an honor was unadulterated, even then you may be turning out badly. While giving a compliment, remain concentrated on the positive.

  1. You’re Always Equating Your Experiences

At the point when an associate vents to you about a dissatisfaction or an issue, you think the most ideal approach to be strong is to discuss about your own experience that you consider comparative. Be that as it may, your colleague who’s worrying about that report that was quite recently once rejected by your boss likely won’t be helped by the way that the cafeteria botched your sandwich that day. While exhibiting compassion is a certain something, endeavoring to compare your own particular encounters—especially when they aren’t at all important to your partner’s circumstance—will dependably appear to be deigning. Neither a reaction like, “I’m so happy I’ve never needed to manage that… is useful. Rather, concentrate on tuning in and offering assistance in any capacity that you can. That is truly all your colleague needs.

  1. You’re a Conversational Steamroller

You pride yourself on your capacity to keep up an energetic dialog with anybody in your office. In any case, ask yourself this: Is it truly a talk, or are you speaking up your mind without considering anyone else’s thoughts? It is safe to say that you are giving your partner sufficient space and time to talk? By not giving other individuals a chance to toll in—regardless of whether it’s in a group meeting or even in a one-on-one discussion—being a conversational steamroller sends the message that you consider whatever you need to state as much more important. There’s truly nothing more disparaging than that. Whenever you’re talking with a colleague, attempt to listen the same amount of as you talk.

So, keep your eyes open for these five things, and you’re certain to diminish your probability of becoming a condescending colleague at work. What’s more, if all else fails? Offer to pay for drinks all around at party time—that by itself can go far!

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