5 Actions to Make Your Team Love You

Mitch Malone
2 min readMay 11, 2024

This article is not a personal ad, but if you’re a looking for a little more love around the water cooler these five tips are certain to work. Each action is something you can do today, and you’ll instantly win hearts with every one of them.

1. Check before asking for that update

We’re all busy, and while sometimes it feels normal to ask verbally for a project update, just make sure you’re not asking for an update you could easily find yourself.

Check project boards and emails, ensure you’re across things, then only ask for an update if you still have questions.

2. Document decisions and agreements made in meetings

The only thing worse than a pointless meeting is one where the decisions aren’t accurately tracked and shared within the business. Sign off by ensuring there is alignment around decision, document them in your system of choice, and then share to your company messaging platform.

3. Cancel that meeting you probably don’t need

Canceling a meeting will always make you a hero. Nothing feels better than an extra hour of focus, and there is almost always at least one meeting hanging around which you’re not properly prepared for anyway. Find a meeting you don’t need, cancel it, and everyone can take the hour to focus.

4. Share a helpful resource

We’re all trying to get just a little better and nothing feels better than a well considered recommendation for a book, article, or podcast. If you have a team member you think might benefit from some of your recent learnings you should take a moment to share them. I maintain a comprehensive reading list of books along with a reason colleagues might consider reading those which I recommend.

5. Show some love yourself

One of the greatest ways to feel the love is to show some yourself. Creating an atmosphere of appreciation is up to everyone within the organization and it may as well start with you.

If you’ve made it this far and you have an action for creating a vibe around the office I’d really love to hear about them in the comments.

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Mitch Malone

Product and engineering leader (prev. CTO @ Linktree, Head of Eng @ BlueChilli). Nomad, remote worker, writer, photographer.