How to build strong relationships in the workplace.
relationships are essential in order for us to be effective and successful.
Through it’s logical to want to focus on the good one’s, it’s also important to
manage the difficult ones. The relationships you build with your colleagues
have the potential to shape your entire working experience, so here are some
Common courtesy goes a long way
when it comes to creating a pleasant work environment. However busy you may be, always acknowledge
other people’s contact, even if it’s just with a wave or a nod. Say “please” and “thank you” and if you’re
having a bad day, don’t take it out on others.
Whether it’s in person, on the phone
or by email, your communications should be professional, clear and concise. It’s also important that you give feedback to
your fellow workers, which can have a particularly positive impact.
- Respect other people’s time
Everybody has deadlines to meet and
projects to complete, so try to realise when people need their own time. If you really need to speak to somebody and
they’re busy, just ensure they’re aware and give them the space to come back
- Develop your Emotional Intelligence
Understanding how your own emotions
can affect your work and being able to empathise with others goes a long way in
maintaining good relationships within the office. For instance, take time before you talk to someone
to try to see things from their perspective.
You will be more objective about what’s going on, and able to empathise
and work better with the other person.
Everyone has difficult
relationships, not everyone can get on with everybody all the time. The key is
to manage those relationships, ensuring that things are bearable and don’t get
in the way of effective work.
Guarded conversations not only make
it hard to speak plainly but can contribute to a mistrustful workplace. Instead,
be honest and direct in a polite and professional manner, even if what you’re
saying might be hard for other people to hear. This will create a culture where
people feel comfortable speaking their minds and will make it easier to work for
No matter who you do or don’t like,
it’s important to be professional and put business above everything else. Make yourself available for discussions and
meetings, and don’t be afraid to stop by colleagues’ desks to ask for advice,
or to chase up work.
is one of the worst career mistakes, and should be avoided. The line between
friendly and normal conversation is very thin, and sometimes normal discussion
can morph unintentionally into gossip. The golden rule is that if you have
nothing good to say, then say nothing!
work can play a large role in cultivating a productive and efficient working atmosphere
within the office, as well as creating a pleasant company culture. It’s vital to build good relationships while
simultaneously managing the difficult ones in order to make sure everybody
works well together. Though you’re not
at work solely to make friends, you’re not there to make enemies either!
19 July 2019