“Very few burdens are heavy if everyone lifts.” — Sy Wise
So often, we are concerned with ourselves and our own projects and our own successes that we don’t take the time to help those around us. The issue is, people were much happier in days where it was more common to help your neighbor as opposed to competing against him. Sure, there were those who worked only for self in the “good old days” but it was usually the upper class. These days everyone thinks they’re the upper class and, thus, have to act like a politically correct Ebeneezer Scrooge. Well, let me set the record straight – in this economy, far fewer are as well off as they think they are. So, why not adopt the mindset of the old middle class that was working together to achieve a common goal? Sure, goals have changed, but the word “together” still means the same thing it meant in 1932.
This change will not happen over night and it will not happen without someone setting an example. It is up to you to go to your coworker after you’ve met your objective for the day and ask if (s)he needs some help. It is your responsibility to ask your supervisor what else can be done today to make the company stronger. You are the one who needs to take it upon yourself to brainstorm ideas that will allow your team to work as a more cohesive unit. Not because it will pad your pockets but because it will spill over from the way you all act in your professional lives to the way you get along outside of the workplace. You never know what kind of effect your assistance could have or whose day it will impact.
And before you say “but I don’t like so-and-so,” let me be the first to say “Who cares?” You’re at work to do a job. And you probably don’t like them because of superficial reasons like “She has an attitude,” or “I don’t like the way he dresses.” Maybe (s)he’s thinking the same thing. 1 – Don’t judge a book by its cover. You two might have a lot in common. 2 – Neither of those things should prevent you from working together to achieve a common goal. It’s called being a mature, objective adult.