Being more understanding at the workplace

Being more understanding at the workplace

As with life, there are always multiple perspectives to a single matter. And with people, it gets more complicated as emotions come into the mix. Especially so when we don’t know what’s happening in another’s life. That’s why it’s so important to be more understanding at work.

We’ve all had bad days and we’ve most likely seen others having one too. As co-workers, it’s important to ensure that we don’t add to the chaos that may already be surrounding someone.

In this article, we’ll be looking at some tips to help one be more understanding at the workplace.

Share these tips with your colleagues so they can contribute to a positive work culture too! In fact, these tips can benefit one outside of the work environment as well.


A word of caution

A word of caution before we delve into the article. The following mentioned tips and tricks are information that has been generally observed across numerous work sectors. There may be instances in which specific advice may not match or suit what is expected for a specific firm, industry or job role.

As such, this written piece aims to function as a guide. It should not be read as a comprehensive or exhaustive list of advice when it comes to becoming successful at work. The best way to find out what may work for your success would be by conducting ample research. 

Browsing through this article could function as the first step you take into exploring different ways to ensure you are putting your best foot forward. 


Without further ado, let’s get right into the article!

Being more understanding at the workplace

1. Don't just assume things

One can become more understanding at the workplace by simply avoiding the act of making assumptions!

At work, each employee is assigned to a set of responsibilities, tasks, and projects. As such, we all have one or another task to take ownership for. However, we all have our fair share of bad days too. Things do get out of hand. 

As such, when your colleagues didn’t meet a specified deadline, give them the benefit of the doubt. You may not know the real reason behind why they didn’t manage to complete the task. Perhaps, they may be troubled with issues they can’t share quite as openly.

As co-workers, it’s critical to understand if someone feels uncomfortable and how you can help them feel better. Avoid making assumptions when your colleagues seem to be out of balance. Instead, practice compassion. Offer help if and when you can to help better the situation.

Thus, avoiding the act of making assumptions is one way to become more understanding professional at work.

2. Listening can be a great help

Listening can also be a great source of help that you can provide to become a more understanding person at work.

If all your colleague needs is someone who will hear out their thoughts without judgement, be that person. If they’re looking for solutions, hear them out and offer any assistance you can.

Try to empathise with the situation they’re in. Place yourself in their shoes. It’s the best way to get to actually understand what the issue is. 

A good friend once shared that there are times when we don’t need to offer solutions. Just a good listening ear can take away all the sorrows. Perhaps, they were bottling it all up and just needed to let things fizz out.

Just hear them out. And that’s how listening can help you become more understanding at the workplace.

3. Ask your questions

The third most effective way to be a more understanding person is by asking the right questions. Sometimes, all it takes is a little kindness to relieve someone of the weight they carry on their shoulders.

On top of listening actively, paying attention to your colleagues and asking the right questions can help you get a better sense of their troubles. With that being said, don’t just be focused on identifying what the problem is.

Ask things like, “How can I help to take some of the stress off?” or “Shall we work on this task together?” You can also take special care to ensure that your questions come from a place of concern. This can help to send a message of genuineness in your actions. 

And that’s one way you can become a more understanding person at the workplace.

To wrap things up...

And there you have it! A piece on how to become more understanding at the workplace. We hope the 3 tips we’ve published in this written piece can help you create a more positive work environment.

We also hope this article has provided you with some useful information that can help you on your career journey ahead! With all that being said, we have to come to the end of this article! We hope this written piece has provided you with some insights as to how you can put your best foot forward at your workplace.

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Valentin Berard

COO at GrabJobs. Valentin leads strategic and operational activities regionally. Background in Business Development and Recruitment. Passionate about social innovation, he constantly strives to find solutions to real-world problems through harnessing smart technology. Read more: