Be genuinely interested in your colleagues as human beings. Never back stab another colleague or tell tales behind their back. If you have something to say, say it directly in a kind and constructive way.

In the workplace, positive people tend to be productive people. They’re organized, create schedules they stick to and don’t get easily distracted from the end goal. Surround yourself with people like this, you have shared values and you will encourage and energize each other towards even better things. Don’t forget, in the workplace as well as in life in general, keep good company (always remember what my parents said, ‘you will be judged by the company you keep’).

People who are positive will help you stay positive too. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. These are the ones worth keeping in work and your life. Everyone else is just passing through (Adapted from Karl Marx).

Avoid cliques at all costs, in the long run they are counterproductive to your well-being and your professional image. Always be respectful to both colleagues and managers. Never let conflict get personal between you and a colleague or between you and your boss.

Personal conflict between people causes all sorts of interpersonal problems and resentment. Unresolved conflict gets worse over time and becomes like a running sore between people, affecting their working relationship, and even spilling over to affecting other people, the team and the organisation. So always deal with your colleagues professionally, communicate properly, resolve conflicts as they arise, let go and then move on!

Two takes on the same theme. Joint motivational blog for success at work and home by author Geraldine O’Neill and HR Consultant Anne Scally.