Work relationships are very important. They affect both our personal and professional lives, make or break our mood, because of the financial stability they provide. Its is easy and important to build and maintain work relationships. Make a habit of giving more than you take. Show what you van offer and that you’re willing to share. Make introductions to help people schedule their goals. Know when to back off (if you’re in doubt, or of either solution will work) and when to push ( if you truly believe in your solution). Ask for feedback and listen to it. But don’t say yes just to be liked.
Here are a few ways to build and maintain work relationships :
- Never say no to a request without explaining why.
- Don’t make conflicts personal. It’s about the issue, not the person.
- During a conflict, step away for ten minutes to let things simmer down, take the person aside for a one-on-one, get the full story.
Keep it genuine
- Be generous with praise for others and mean it.
- Be sensitive to what makes peoples tick. Don’t call out a shy person in front of a group. Do give gentle reminder to a person who is bad with deadlines.
- Friendly at work doesn’t always translate to friends in life and that’s okay.
- Only take work relationships online when you’re friends in real life.
Check you demeanour
- Be humble, generous, and respectful, regardless of status.
- Don’t be a know it all, a show-off or act aloof.
- Smile, hold the elevator door, say hello, offer to split the last donut.
Mind your manners
- Avoid gossip and office politics.
- Use common sense to limit what you share about yourself.
- Listen well, don’t interrupt, and ask follow up questions.
- Say thank you.
Make an effort
- Don’t spend every minute working at your desk. Share a book you love, a yummy treat, a friendly ear, emotional support.
- Help others and ask for help. That’s how you make a team.
So how is your work culture during work from home times? Is it thriving or worse?