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Guest Post By Katheryn Rivas: The Problems with Professional Brown Nosing: How to Do It the Right Way

I’m sure if you’ve ever worked in any sort of job environment, you’ve encountered co-workers who kiss up to their superiors as if it’s in their job descriptions. From personal experience, there’s always at least one. You know the story—they are grandiose in their irrelevant compliments, they go out of their way to demonstrate competence only when their bosses are watching, they trumpet and promote themselves ad nauseum, and, worst of all, they will go to great lengths to step over others whenever it is in their best interests.

Many of the more cynical people in the job market will tell you that it’s a “dog-eat-dog world” that competition—the cutthroat kind—is an absolute inevitability of the marketplace in an economic climate that is built on competitive advantage. I propose, however, that it is not. Or at least not necessarily.

From my observations in the working world, of course there will always be moments at work when you should promote yourself, but to me, this is only appropriate when you have done something to warrant notice. It is always a good idea to be on good, friendly terms with your employer. However, it’s a good idea to be sincerely friendly with everyone in the office.

I think the biggest thing that is missing in the office environment, generally speaking, is sincerity. Of course, there will be times and places when you won’t always “like” everyone with whom you work. I know that has been the case with me. But if you simply attempt to humanize all your co-workers—both the “important” ones and those who are on the same wrung of the ladder as you, or even, as the case may be, “lower” on the totem pole—then you will find that getting along with all becomes exponentially easier. It’s all about understanding everyone on their own terms.

Although there is value for its own sake in trying to develop solid relationships with everyone in the workplace, the benefits you will reap in addition to simply being liked are various. It will make your work more enjoyable and efficient. And, believe me, the higher-ups will notice if your efforts—both in your immediate work and your personal interactions– are genuine. Nobody likes a fake. Fakery gives birth to various problems, whether or not they are immediately perceived, the worst being excessive gossip. Don’t fall into one of the most common workplace traps. 

This guest post is contributed by Katheryn Rivas, who writes on the topics of online universities .  She welcomes your comments at her email Id: katherynrivas87@gmail.com .

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