Many of us spend more time awake at work than we do at home, so it’s fair to say that workplace relationships are fairly important for a successful life. Great working relationships can help improve your teamwork skills, job satisfaction, and your output. Keep on reading to learn the best ways to build better relationships at work.
How to Build Better Relationships at Work
1. Don’t take your stress out on others
Have you ever worked with someone whose moods changed more often than the weather? If you want to build great relationships at work, don’t be that person. Not every day is amazing, and in real life, that’s just how it works. But in a professional workplace, you need to try and isolate stresses, address the stress, whatever its cause may be, and don’t take out your frustrations on your colleagues no matter how you’re feeling.
If your blood is boiling over a work issue or tensions are starting to rise, take yourself away from the situation to cool down. Go for a short walk, or grab a glass of water, take some deep breaths and start thinking about the big picture. Regardless of your mood, it’s essential that you always remain courteous and polite to everyone you work with. Now, that doesn’t mean being a doormat, but just remember there are ways to be assertive when you need to without being the bane of everyone’s existence.
2. Be proactive and help where you can without being asked
As the new person in the team, your colleagues will be keen to see what you can deliver both to wider team goals and also to projects they are working on. That will most likely take the form of the work you are tasked with early on; bear in mind that new employees are typically not very heavily loaded with work.
Where possible, offer your knowledge and experience to group tasks and find a way to help with the work your colleagues are undertaking. Schedule video calls to discuss how you can support and to better understand how your team works together. Ensure that you are not spreading yourself too thinly and never attempt to take on work that you are not comfortable tackling, but where there is an opportunity to assist ensure that you take it.
3. Make time for everybody, not just the senior stakeholders
There can be a tendency to focus all of your time and effort impressing more senior stakeholders, and a temptation to discount junior colleagues and tasks you deem to be of low importance. These things are important to someone, so don’t be dismissive. This can be hard in a new role where there is pressure to impress and make an impact, particularly when operating remotely in a challenging market. However, remember that a reputation is built across all levels, not just among your boss and the management team.
By establishing yourself as a reliable, helpful, and respectful member of the team among your junior colleagues as well as bosses and peers, you will go a long way to building long-lasting professional relationships.
4. Ask questions and listen
Asking questions and actively listening will not only allow you to learn more about your coworkers but are also an important part of the process of building relationships. When you ask questions about your coworker’s personal life, professional goals, or daily needs, you are showing an interest in them. Give them the opportunity to share details about their life before sharing your own. Also, by asking questions and encouraging open communication, your coworkers will come to associate you with being a good communicator. They are more likely to come to you with concerns, celebrations, or when they just need someone to listen.
5. Appreciate each employee’s role
Appreciation is a powerful relationship builder. Sometimes, it might seem difficult to understand the challenges of another department and frustrations can lead to negative feelings. By keeping in mind that each department has different goals, you can appreciate each employee’s individual role with the organization. Rather than jumping to conclusions or placing the blame, it can be useful to come up with solutions to a problem. By working together in a productive and professional manner, you will find that you develop a new sense of appreciation for your coworkers, which will allow you to begin developing a positive relationship.
6. Keep your commitments
In an organization, work is interconnected. If you fail to meet deadlines and commitments, you affect the work of other employees. Always keep commitments, and if you can’t, make sure all affected employees know what happened. Provide a new due date and make every possible effort to honor the new deadline.