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How to build strong relationships in the workplace.

 

Good professional 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 tips.

  • Be Courteous

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.

  • Communicate effectively

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 later on.

  • 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.

  • Manage Difficult Relationships

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.   

  • Be Direct

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 everybody.

  • Be Welcoming

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.

  • Avoid Gossip

Gossiping 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!

Relationships at 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!

Posted on by Mike Halls

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