Building Better Relationships with Co-Workers

Posted October 02, 2014

Workplace relationships can make or break your career.  In order to succeed in today’s economy, you have to have a great effort of a group of people working toward the same goals.  Because of this, the ability to build and leverage a network of relationships is more essential than ever before.  Building collaborative relationships with coworkers is a challenge for many people, but by practicing the below tips you’ll be well on your way to forming more effective relationships.

Be Friendly.

There’s nothing more disheartening than being the new person walking down the hall in the office and saying hello to a passerby, only to receive a blank stare back.  A simple exchange of smiles and “hello” is the very minimum to becoming a more constructive workplace.  When new people are brought on the team, don’t act like they’re trying to crash your party.  Be friendly and make people feel like they’re welcome.  Everyone plays an important role in the business or they wouldn’t be there.  You never know when you’ll need someone’s help or have to work with them on a team.  Start building relationships by being a nice, warm person and you’ll already have the foundation for a great working relationship when you do work with that person.

Communicate Effectively.

Learn which means of communication work best for different coworkers.  Some prefer phone calls or instant messaging, while others respond better to email.  Utilize these preferences when engaging in the workplace.  It’ll help ensure more effective communication and you’ll get responses quicker.  If someone isn’t responding, try following up with them in person and ask which mode of communication works best for them.  They may just be too tied up to check messages and can give you the answer you’re looking for or refer you to another resource. Just remember to conduct business operations with coworkers at times that are convenient for everyone.

Listen.

In order to develop better relationships, you have to listen closely to what your coworkers are saying.  Repeat back to the person who is talking to you to confirm you heard them correctly.  This will ensure that you’re both on the same page and eliminate the classic telephone game scenario.  Encourage your colleagues to voice their opinions about a project and express their ideas. Open communication is essential for team building and morale.

Pick Your Battles.

Good working relationships consist of working together as a team.  Therefore, you have to be willing to make compromises.  You’re not going to see eye to eye with your colleagues 100 percent of the time, so you have to decide what things are most important to you.  When you disagree about something that’s trivial, let your coworker be right.  That way when it is something you care about that person will be more willing to compromise.

Do Lunch.

A great way to foster better workplace relationships is by connecting on a personal level with your coworkers.  Do you currently have a negative relationship with a coworker and you don’t even know why?  Try inviting that person to lunch.  Spend most of the meal listening to them and asking questions.  Think about the people whom you have the best relationships with.  They’re the ones that are interested in what you’re doing, what’s important to you, and care about what’s going on in your life.  Use the same strategy to build a stronger relationship with your coworker.  Show them that you genuinely care.

Building effective workplace relationships is essential to your career.  Implementing these tips will help get you on the right foot.  Whatever you do, don’t ignore the people aspect of your work.  After all, it is the opinions of other people that decide whether you grow in the workplace.

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