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Give a tour, get a lesson

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In one of my first jobs, I was in a rut and didn’t know it. Then I gave my cousin a tour of where I worked. We dropped by every department and I introduced him around.

I quit a week later.

What happened? Playing tour guide helped me realize how uneasy I felt working there.

Give it a try. Take a friend or family member on a tour of your workplace—and monitor your emotions. If you’re proud and full of praise for your co-workers, that’s a good sign. But if you’re ashamed, disgusted or even queasy about exposing a visitor to these people and this environment, ask yourself why.

Follow your enthusiasm

Ideally, you should start the tour excited. You want to show off your employer and point out all the great people and resources that make your company special.

As the tour gets under way, your enthusiasm should grow. You should like your colleagues. After leaving one area, you can’t wait to wander down the hall, where a whole new gro...(register to read more)

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