Understanding the importance of building relationships in the workplace can help advance your career and make work more enjoyable. In addition, the professional connections you make will also help you to further your career.
1 – Have your lunch breaks together
Coworkers who spend their lunch time together show higher levels of productivity and morale. Lunches are a great way to break the ice and build better relationships with your co-workers
During that time, it’s easy to get to know each other better and find things you have in common and build on them. These might be anything from hobbies to books you both enjoy to values you share, and of course common food you like.
2 – Help Others Succeed
Helping others reach their goals is the best way to build a genuine relationship. Listen to what they need and provide your knowledge and expertise, it is also a growth opportunity for you. Your helpfulness will likely be reciprocated when you ﬁnd yourself in need of assistance.
3 – Recognize Different Communication Styles
Sometimes the problem isn’t what you’re communicating but the way you’re doing it. People have different business communication styles. And it might be that yours doesn’t match with your colleague’s.
Failing to respond to different communication can hurt efficiency and lead to workplace isolation.
4 – Be respectful above all else
Treat people how you’d like to be treated: with kindness, courtesy and politeness.
When team members show equal respect for others, it creates a sense of fairness and minimizes harassment, gossip and negativity. A group of respected employees will naturally share ideas with each other in an effort to build relationships and improve workflow.
Article written by Hala Haider – Sales Coordinator