Picked up trash in the neighborhood again … Also, spending some time learning a new game with my son and helping him fill out an application to volunteer this summer at the local library … Finally, way too much laundry.
Now ask yourself, when you started your current job did you go out of your way to listen to your new co-workers? Really listen? Or at least try?
I’ll wager that, like me, you didn’t listen very well.
Nerves, trying to make good impression, figuring out where the bathroom is all make us very self-conscious. And that self-consciousness gets in the way of listening.
It may be possible to work past some of those nerves by making a valiant effort to listen and really get to know your co-workers. Maybe listening harder anytime makes us less self-conscious.
When you’re the newbie all eyes are on you.
But maybe your ears can be on everyone else.