Being a good co-worker isn’t rocket science. It’s just about being a good person, being authentic, and being quick to apologize when you were wrong or grumpy. Here are some tips from this week’s team talks we had at ICBA:

  • Recognize the work your colleagues are doing. We all like to feel appreciated!
  • Use active listening techniques by being fully present in a conversation, asking open-ended questions, and practicing good eye contact.
  • Wait your turn to speak; don’t interrupt others or speak over them.
  • Even when there is a disagreement, be polite and courteous.
  • Apologize if you make a mistake or accidentally offend someone. We are all human and can’t be 100 percent on our game every time.
  • Use inclusive language. It may be entirely unintentional but becoming conscious of the words you use can help prevent feelings of discomfort in the workplace.
  • Consider your nonverbal cues as well. This includes your facial expressions, your posture, and your tone of voice.

Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 100 companies and more than 10,000 construction professionals better understand mental health. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out for details.