How to Build Positive Work Relationships in 8 Ways

How to Build Positive Work Relationships in 8 Ways

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No man is an island.

Donne, John

This quotation certainly applies to your working environment, especially if you work in an office with many coworkers whom you see every day. To advance in your chosen field and enjoy what you do, it is critical to cultivate positive relationships with those around you. Here are eight tried-and-true methods for fostering positive work relationships if you put in the effort:

Be yourself

While professionalism is important, it is also important to be yourself. Creating positive relationships by pretending to be someone you are not is difficult and ultimately unsatisfying. Put your best foot forward and be yourself. Many times, I have seen people advance in their careers because they are not afraid to show their true personality and capabilities.

People Should Be Treated Equally

Even managers are fallible! Putting someone on a pedestal makes approaching them and being yourself more difficult. Be yourself. Don’t be afraid to speak up and express yourself. Be mindful of how you treat your own employees. Respect everyone as a peer and don’t consider yourself ‘lower’ or ‘higher’ than others. It will boost your self-esteem and make your interactions with others more enjoyable and positive. Job titles and hierarchy take the fun and human element out of work, making it difficult to build honest and positive relationships.

Keep Politics to a Minimum

Make it a point to avoid politics whenever possible. Of course, this isn’t always possible, but as a general rule, I recommend giving it a shot. It will keep you out of negativity, misunderstandings, and crossfire, and it will earn you respect from those around you. Politics, in my experience, is frequently the result of minor disagreements and personality clashes. Do your job to the best of your ability while remaining professional and upbeat with those around you at work.

Be Pleasant

Being friendly and pleasant to be around makes everyone’s life easier, regardless of what job you have. Don’t be one of those people who believes that in order to advance in their career or be a good manager, they must be ruthless with those around them. Good manners go a long way, and the people you work with will be more willing to assist you if you are pleasant to them. Be consistent, and don’t just do it when you want something (your colleagues will see right through you!). It’s also important to be aware of your own moods. I’ve worked with people who are wonderful colleagues but a nightmare to be around when things aren’t going well. Learn how to effectively manage your stress and deal with challenges. It will help you and make you a more pleasant person to work with.

Consider your options

It doesn’t take much to be thoughtful, but it pays off big time. A manager who checks in with a staff member who appears to be quieter than usual is thoughtful. An employee who brings cookies to share is thoughtful. A CEO who acknowledges an employee’s contribution is thoughtful. A little thought goes a long way in showing your coworkers that you care about them and that they are more than just another employee or colleague to you. Everyone enjoys being recognized.

Also read How to Gain Likeability and Respect at Work

Be Aware of Yourself

Knowing your own strengths and weaknesses will assist you in becoming more aware of the impact you have on those around you. Many workplace relationship problems, in my experience, stem from a lack of self awareness and sensitivity. Just because you enjoy talking loudly or telling everyone when you are annoyed at work does not mean that everyone else in your office will. You may not even realize why people appear distant to you at the time. Consider your behavior and how it affects those around you. It will assist you in becoming more in tune with the people with whom you work and in developing more positive relationships.

Enjoy Your Work

When you enjoy what you do, it is much easier to stay positive. Make an effort to enjoy your work as much as possible. Obviously, nothing is always fun, but focusing on making the most of your job will help you feel positive and foster positive relationships.

Increase the value

Increase the value of your workplace. You can be the friendliest and happiest person at work, but if you don’t get your work done, someone else will have to pick up the slack! Consider how you can assist your company and your coworkers. Someone who is thinking about what they can do for others has a very positive attitude. We’ve all heard stories about people who wowed their way into a job despite having no qualifications or experience by making themselves indispensable. Become that person!

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