Are you the office door mat. How to earn respect

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Starting a new job and being promoted can be both enticing and nerve wrecking. In most cases, you do not know how to behave and how to relate to your colleagues. If you are new at the office, you will try by all means to fit it and at time you feel as though you don’t fit in at the office. You may want to dress up or dress down so that you are at the same level with your colleagues. If you have been promoted you may feel as if you owe your colleagues allegiance and be nice to them and those that disliked you are likely not to be much of a bother.

If you are door mat in most instances you are highly likely not to want to step on other people’s toes or take sides because you want to be neutral. http://www.careers24.com/career-advice/ highlight that you should ‘’be the master of your own career’’. By doing this you will not have to bend over to please your colleagues. You will earn respect if you focus on your work and being a master at what you do and you have to believe that you can do it better with the skills and knowledge that you have acquired.

If you are always doing your colleagues’ work and having to knock off late is definitely a red flag that you might have to think over. You may be is serious trouble with your boss and you will have a lot of explaining to do. You have to earn respect by putting your foot down. There is always a bright side to everything,. you have to learn things all over again. Also consider opting to give you colleagues’ advice or assist them instead of doing their work for them.

Another red flag is constantly having  to cover for your colleague who is always late or who goes out during business hours. You can cover for them if it is an emergency but you should never go to the extent of lying about it. For you to earn respect according to http://workcompass.com you should Say “No” More, “Yes” Less. You simply advice your colleague to report to their supervisor that way none of you will get into trouble and risk being fired.

If there is an office rumor that is out of hand and your colleague blame you for it, you should not take it lying down. If you do, all rumors are likely to be pinned at you. To earn respect, keeping your cool and confront who ever burst the bubble.

Put your best foot forward and don’t be a door mat.
Xoxo Imelda the Fashionista

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