Most likely, you already are very well liked at work, or you wouldn't have concerned yourself with such an idea - so, good for you!
But we can always do better. And when we do, the whole group benefits. The whole office becomes better.
Career coach Dr. Marty Nemko says every interaction you have, with a coworker or a customer, is an opportunity.
Nemko tells US News that the key is to use each opportunity to try "moving toward" behavior. This increases the bond between you and your conversation partner(s). He credits John Gottman, a Marriage & Parenting Researcher, with the concept.
"Moving Toward" behavior is when you do thing like:
* Ask how someone or some project is doing * Show you have things in common ("I really like that, too," or "The same thing happens to me."
* Employ positive body language, from smiling to leaning in, or nodding or such. "Moving Away" behavior will ultimately do great damage - to others, and especially, to YOU.
* Not making eye contact, pretending to not hear * Demeaning someone, knocking down or ignoring his or her effort, gossiping or teasing... Sarcasm and swearing are also unacceptable
* Leaning away, pointing your body toward the door, crossing your arms defensively, rolling your eyes - all exemplify negative body language
Gottman and Nemko agree on this key idea: to keep a relationship positive, you should "move toward" FIVE TIMES the amount you "move away" from someone.