Engaging with colleagues and building positive relationships can help to make work more enjoyable and make us more productive, try adopting these nine habits to make work less of a chore.
We all want to be more productive, more innovative and more creative at work and home and one of the best ways to do this is through building positive social interactions. Human beings are naturally social and to truly excel at work we look for positive social interactions. In fact, studies prove that people who have best friends or close friends at work are seven times more likely to be engaged in their job.
In some cases, forming friendships at work is easy, it is often easy to see people who have the same outlook and personality as you, but as with any workplace, there will always be people you don’t naturally get on with or even clash with. While you may not be able to be friends with everyone, you can still improve your workplace relationships to improve your outlook and success at work. Adopt these nine habits into your work life and see how your workplace relationships improve.
Try These Nine Habits To Improve Workplace Relationships
It is always nice to be thanked for your efforts, so why not take the first step and thank people first? You should always be thankful and grateful to anyone at work who helps you, from the cleaner, your assistant to your boss. By thanking people, it makes them feel valued and appreciated and more inclined to help you in the future making it a win for you and a win for them.
Don’t Be A Mood Hoover
Negative people can completely suck the energy out of a room and make work less enjoyable with a tense and frosty atmosphere. People don’t want to be around negativity, and you will find that being negative will distance you from your peers. Being positive is an attractive property to have, and you will find your positivity will be contagious and spread throughout your workplace.
The best learners are those who listen, and by taking the time to listen more and talk less, you’ll be considered trustworthy, and people are much more likely to respond to those who truly listen to what they say. You’ll also find that you learn much more about your colleagues and customers and this knowledge can be used to your advantage to create a better work environment or new idea to please customers.
Develop Your People Skills
If you know that you struggle with conflict and conflict resolution, then try to take yourself out of your comfort zone to learn more about the skill and how you can improve. Many workplaces will offer people skills as part of the learning and development program. Identify your weakness and ask your boss if you can have training in that area. Your boss will admire your assertiveness, and you will gain additional skills.
Take Time To Build Relationships
Often, we are too busy to surface from the mountains of paperwork on our desks, but by taking the time to engage with your peers and get to know them, you may inadvertently find ways to help you and your workload. By getting to know people over a coffee in the kitchen, you may find someone has the skills you need to help with an assignment, and now that you’ve built a relationship with them, they will be more inclined to help you.
One of the ways we think we build trust and good friendship with our colleagues is through gossiping, however, this expires very quickly. Gossiping causes mistrust and people will be less inclined to tell you information and talk to you if they think it’s going to be shared publicly.
When we receive a difficult email, or receive communication from a colleague that’s upsetting, the impulse is to give a quick retort. However, replying in anger or through upset can lead us to say things we regret and can damage workplace relationships. Instead, wait and say nothing. After a few days, once your emotions have calmed down, you may see their point, or if not at least you’ll be able to handle the situation better.
In a busy workplace, it can be hard to make time for people, but to ensure good workplace relationships, take the time to focus on what your colleague is saying to you. Put your phone down, turn your head away from your computer screen, and use eye contact to show you are listening. Aside from being common courtesy, it makes the person speaking feel valued.
While people struggle to engage with those who don’t reveal anything about themselves, those who reveal too much can damage relationships too. Learn to think before you speak and ask; ‘Am I revealing too much?’. Let people understand who you really are, but be mindful that they don’t need to know everything about you.