Being a dancer at RI Dolls is not that much different when it comes to co-workers. There are going to be some people that you like and some that you don’t like as much, but you still need to be able to work with them in a comfortable manner if you want to like your job.
It isn’t that hard though. It just takes a little bit of common sense and courtesy to keep your co-worker relationships positive. Here are a few tips for improving co-worker relations:
1. Show up on time for your shifts. One thing that is sure to deteriorate your co-worker relationships is showing up late for your shifts. If you are late that means that someone else needs to cover for you and if happens on a regular basis it is sure to build up some animosity for the girls that are always picking up the slack. Plan ahead so that you can get to your shift on time.
2. Return favors. As with any job, there will be times when you can make you shift and need to have someone cover for you. Most of the time, someone will be able to pick up your shift so that you can tend to a last minute emergency or appointment, but when someone does this favor for you it is important that you remember it and that you make an effort to return the favor. Sometimes people forget but if you’ve remembered that you owe someone, you can ask them if there is anything you can do for them when you know you are available. This decreases the chances that you might have to say no when you are asked for a return favor.
3. Zip your lips. One of the things that can ruin co-worker relationships fast is talking, too much. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have conversations with your co-workers but you should be careful about what you say. Don’t repeat confidential information. Don’t offer your opinion when it has not been asked for. Don’t judge the other girls on their personal problems – if you haven’t been in their shoes it is not your place to make judgement on them. Remember: if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!
4. Listen. When one of your co-workers talks to you or confides in you, listen to what they are saying. Don’t blow them off. Treat them respectfully. And then, even if it is a casual relationship, try to remember the details. Have you ever been surprised when someone you work with remembers your birthday or anniversary? Or how about when they ask you about something that you talked to them last week? The people who do these things work at remembering little details. They know that it makes others feel special when they feel like someone has really heard what they have said. If you do this, too, your co-workers will think fondly of you.
5. Be willing to help new girls. When new dancers at Rhode Island Dolls are first getting started they may have a lot of questions and they might need some help. Be available to them. Answer their questions. Take them shopping to find costumes for the stage. Help them with their routines. Down the road, they will remember you for this and they will be glad to work with you.
Ultimately, when it comes right down to it, there is one basic rule that you can follow to improve you co-worker relations. “Do unto others and you would have them do unto you.” If you remember this rule and live by this rule, having good relationships with your co-workers will naturally follow. Other dancers at RI Dolls will be happy to work with you and they will be more likely to help you out when you need it. If you treat others the way you want to be treated, it will be returned to you.