How to Handle Workplace Conversation to Become a Respected Employee

Developing camaraderie is needed, for teamwork is part of work. Maintaining good relations with everyone is important: how can you work properly if everyone feels ill at ease with you? So if it is possible, drop by colleagues to have a friendly chit chat.

Do not, however, do the friendly chit chat when everyone seems to be busy, or when a person is in a bad mood. Also, when a person is on the phone or busy having a talk with someone else, postpone your plan to have a friendly conversation. Read on to find more workplace conversation tips that will help you develop your skills in handling conversation at work.

Cubicle Courtesy

Imagine the cubicle as your home. It was made to provide you with privacy. Like all other homes, you wouldn’t want to be disturbed by a neighbor. So to avoid cubiclehood conflict, keep these in mind:

1.) Do not have loud telephone conversations. Keep your voice down.

2.) Avoid inviting colleagues in your cubicle to have a chat, when you know that the next door is busy working.

3.) Receiving multiple personal calls is a no-no. The phone ringing one after another when you are only answering a personal call could be annoying to co-workers.

4.) Constant visits of co-workers may be disturbing and can be annoying.

5.) Chat only little: when everyone’s not busy. You can chat perhaps during lunch time, or when most people are in a meeting.

Conversing Politely with Colleagues

You will most likely have conversations with your colleagues than with your boss. To converse politely, keep in mind some of these office etiquette guidelines:

1.) As much as possible, do not talk in slang. A colleague might have sensitive spots.

2.) When you think of chatting with a co-worker, always ask yourself first if you are going to take too much time away from him or her. Never bother someone who is catching up with a deadline.

3.) Keep very personal information to yourself. If a colleague gives you personal information about him or herself, never share it with anyone else without the knowledge and permission of that colleague.

4.) Make sure that you speak in a positive way. Do not boast with anything.

Cultural & Ethnic Difference

In the workplace, you will definitely have people from all sorts of culture, ethnicities, religion, nationalities, and so on. As a well-educated and civilized person, you should know how to cope up with varieties of people, as you are more knowledgeable of people’s sensitivities and difference in thinking.

One must always accept the difference in culture of another.

  • Do not refer to a colleague by their race or nationality. For instance, never say ‘the Indian?’, when you could say ‘Jake?’ This way you will avoid embarrassment for yourself, and you are easier to be understood.
  • Accept that not everyone should be like you.

Giving your Opinions

When you are to offer your opinions in the office, remember these conversation guidelines:

1.) Do not interrupt someone when he or she is speaking. Wait for your turn.

2.) Avoid harsh words and the accusatory “YOU”. Substitute better and softer words, less accusatory and harsh, so that you will avoid confrontations and conflict.

Be a team player; do not take the acknowledgement all to yourself. Always use the pronouns ‘we’, ‘us’, and ‘ours’, to acknowledge the contributions and great help of your colleagues.