Building Positive And Healthy Work Relationships
November 26, 2021 | Olaide Bakare, PHRi
The ability to build and shape genuine relationships is one of the most important traits every employee should possess. Human beings are naturally social creatures and when you consider that we spend one-third of our lives in the workplace, it is clear that good work relationships will make our jobs, and resultantly, our lives more enjoyable.
The more comfortable co-workers are around one other, the more confident they will feel voicing opinions, brainstorming, and going along with new ideas. This level of teamwork is essential to embrace change, create, and innovate. And when people see the successes of working together in this way, group morale and productivity soars.
Good work relationships also give freedom. Instead of spending time and energy dealing with negative relationships, we can focus on opportunities, from winning new business to focusing on personal development.
Below are eight ways to build strong and positive relationships in the workplace:
Develop the Habit of Listening
One of the most important aspects of relationship building is effective communication, which involves just as much listening as talking. When you have meetings or discussions with your colleagues or associates, it is important to put your listening skills to good use.
By practicing mindful listening, you will talk less and understand more. People respond better to those who truly listen to what they have to say.
Everyone, from your boss to the intern, wants to feel that their work is appreciated. So, genuinely compliment the people around you when they do something well.
Motivate your co-workers whenever they feel low and remind them of their previous successes. If someone is having serious personal problems, invite them to go out and talk about it in case they need it.
If you observe that any of your colleagues need inspiration, try to provide it in any way you can. Be the person that seeks to appreciate, motivate, inspire, and help others without asking anything in return.
Deliver Quality Work on Time
The result of your work directly affects your co-workers, especially when you are on a team. If you want to build positive relationships, one of the best ways to do so is to produce quality work on time.
This demonstrates not only that you are professional and good at what you do, but also that you respect your co-workers and consider them when you perform your daily duties.
Have a Positive Attitude
We all like to be around positive people. Positivity is contagious. It creates energy that will strengthen your relationships with your colleagues. A positive attitude is more than just smiling and acting cheerful when others are around, rather, it stems up from a positive mind, that is open to possibilities.
Since people are naturally drawn to positive people, your colleagues will start feeling more relaxed or happy in your presence.
Avoid Office Gossips
If you want to nurture positive relationships at work, it is best to avoid gossip. If you hear gossip about another co-worker, do not take part, or try to change the subject.
If you have an issue with a fellow worker, first try to have a polite and honest conversation with that person. If this does not yield positive results, you can call a meeting with a superior and the colleague in question, so you can address the issue in a transparent and professional manner.
Be Respectful of Others
Be interested in the perspectives of other workers, and be willing to examine viewpoints that are different from your own. Share your own perspectives in a courteous manner. Avoid telling lengthy personal stories and sending emails unrelated to work.
If you work in a shared office space, limit personal phone calls and distractions such as playing loud music. Ensure to maintain a professional and courteous attitude.
Offer Constructive Feedback
Feedback is useful as long as it is constructive. There are some employees who are always criticizing their peers without offering any sort of value. An insightful comment is ten times more effective than a mean critique.
Feedback is all about constructive solutions. If you have noticed that your colleague is doing something wrong, think about the solution before you point out their mistakes. This way, you will become the person that always helps other colleagues grow. The more you help your team, the more success your company will witness.
Stay in touch
Relationships do not develop on their own. It takes time to nurture, develop a rapport, which ultimately develops a comfort level.
Therefore, you must be willing to set aside the time and invest the effort necessary to stay in touch and be present with your work relationships.
Positive workplace relationships are not a bonus. They are a huge necessity that you should prioritize in order to enrich your professional career and personal life. It will cut out the mundane factor that often plagues an employee in the long run.
If your relationships at work are not so great right now, you can change that by taking the initiative to start laying the foundation of fruitful interpersonal experiences. Begin by adopting the tips listed above.