Having a good set of workplace relationships is the best way to ensure that you will get through your work day with a smile on your face. Since most of us spend the vast majority of our time at work, having good workplace relationships will take a lot of stress out of our everyday lives and hopefully add some value in the form of teamwork and real friendships along the way. If you can celebrate friendship at work, find joy in the work you do, and have the whole office working together on as high a vibration as possible, there’s nothing you can’t achieve.
We’ve got some of the best tips out there to help you achieve the best possible workplace relationships you can.
Getting to know people a bit better is a vital part of developing or maintaining all relationships. It doesn’t take a lot of time, just a little effort to ask fundamental questions and actually listen to the answers instead of just waiting until it is your turn to speak. Not only does talking to people on a real level help develop workplace relationships, but it also helps you to learn a lot about your job and clients and to do really well at work.
While you’re talking and listening, remember that there are certain things you should not be talking about or listening to at all. Gossip is a killer of trust, and dead trust is a killer of all kinds of relationships. Gossip does nothing but perpetuate rumors and unnecessarily tarnish the reputations of colleagues who may not deserve it at all. If you hear something that disturbs you, don’t share it with the rest of the office. Go straight to the person in question, if it is appropriate to do so, and ask them for the truth. Remember, there are some things that are no one’s business and inappropriate to discuss at work.
Working relationships don’t just exist between colleagues but also between supervisors or bosses and employees. One work-related way to ensure that these relationships remain intact is to put your job before anything else at work. While it’s great to enjoy who you work with, you’re at work to work, so that should always come first. If you consistently deliver work of high quality, your relationship with your superiors will flourish.
You’re all at work to do a job, and the best way to get the best results for your entire team is to work as a team and support each other. There can be the temptation to get one over on a coworker that you feel is your direct competition, but doing that would be a mistake. Yes, you should always go for what you want, but don’t throw anyone else under the bus while you do. Let your work speak for itself and let your support of co-workers prove that you are reliable, honest, and trustworthy.
To get the job done as well as possible, and for your whole team to get along as well as possible, you must communicate clearly. Say what you mean and do so in a professional manner. Both co-workers and superiors will respect you if you are able to communicate clearly in the workplace. Clear communication is the only way to produce work of high quality when working with a team.
This goes hand in hand with not gossiping or listening to workplace gossip, and it’s something we should all already know, but it can be tough to remember. Venting at work, even to a colleague or superior you think is a friend, is a bad idea. It not only brings personal business to work, but it is also very unprofessional.
No one likes someone who refuses to take responsibility for their actions. Everybody messes up from time to time, so don’t let it become something too personal; take responsibility and accountability from the beginning. If you take responsibility for all your actions, you can quickly take steps to rectify any mistakes that might need handling.
If you remember to stay mindful of what you say and how you say it, what you listen to, concentrate on your work, and a few other things, you’ll have no problem at all building good, lasting workplace relationships.