#InternPro Chat | Workplace Citizenship: How to Become a Dream Employee (Without Being a Suck-up)

workplace citizenshipBeing a great employee is about more than just being good at what you do. Your personal demeanor and interaction with colleagues, supervisors, and subordinates also make a lasting impression. Recognizing and displaying good workplace citizenship can have a positive impact on your career. After all, no one wants to work with a self-serving troll.

And, perhaps more importantly, no one wants to hire one.

We’ve all worked with colleagues who just seem to poison the atmosphere in the office. They make things difficult for everyone. They’re often disorganized and undependable, then resort to defensiveness and complaining when things don’t go their way. On the other hand, good workplace citizenship is about enthusiasm, trustworthiness, and dependability. It’s also about being friendly and compassionate. But, that doesn’t mean a model employee has to be an over-eager suck-up either.

There’s a fine line between kick-ass and kiss-ass!

This evening, Monday, August 19th, we’ll be getting together for another great #InternPro chat where we’ll discuss workplace citizenship. We’ll explore the boundaries of genuine enthusiasm and, just maybe, learn to be the kind of employee everyone wants to have around… including the boss.

Questions That Will Guide Our Discussion Include:

Q1: What qualities do you associate with a “dream” employee ‒ that person who just makes it easier to go to work every day?

Q2: I try to be ambitious and eager without being a suck-up. How do I know if I’ve crossed that imaginary line co-workers can see so clearly?

Q3: I work remotely, but still want to be considered a good co-worker and solid contributor. How can I make sure my efforts are seen and appreciated?

Q3: What happens when a positive trait goes into overdrive in the workplace. For example, we all want to be honest… but what happens when we’re TOO honest?

Q5: What traits do you associate with a co-worker who has proven themselves to be the opposite of a “dream” employee? What are your workplace pet peeves?

Q6: My boss seems to think over-competitiveness and conflict are effective forms of motivation. How can I help change this aspect of our culture? 

Q7: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received about being a good employee? How has that advice helped your career?

Q8: Please share with us the traits that make YOU a great employee or team member. Why do people enjoy working with you?

What Does Workplace Citizenship Mean to You?

Bring your thoughts, questions, and workplace anecdotes to the discussion on Monday, August 19th at 8 pm Eastern/5pm Pacific as we discuss positive attitudes and how they can affect those around us… and our own careers.

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