Published on November 29th, 2014 | by Nancy F. Clark0
How To Improve Your Relationships At Work
By Nicole Liloia—
A lot of our time during the week is spent at work, which can sometimes be a very stressful environment. Positive relationships with our coworkers can contribute to making the work environment a more enjoyable place to be. If your relationships at work need improvement, then it’s important that you take steps to do this. Your job and work can become more rewarding and less stressful with improved relationships with your coworkers. Some ways to do this include having open communication, setting clear boundaries within your relationships, and making sure you take breaks throughout the day.
It’s important that everyone feels comfortable with the dynamics of communication in the workplace. All workers should be able to express their thoughts and feelings and feel safe doing so. It’s important to remain non-judgmental and non-confrontational when speaking with your colleagues. This will create an environment where employees are encouraged to talk to each other about any issues that come up so that they can be handled quickly and efficiently, without anyone feel uncomfortable addressing these things. This will also cut back on workplace gossip as employees will be more likely to address issues that come up as they happen rather than complaining or gossiping to others about it.
When you and your colleagues are communicating with each other, you want to be fully present with each other. This can be done by minimizing distractions, making eye contact, and acknowledging what you’re hearing. It’s important that you actually listen to what you’re coworker is saying in the present moment, rather than interrupting to offer your own opinions on the situation or making assumptions about what they mean. If you find yourself getting distracted while your coworker is speaking, you should re-focus by clarifying what they’re saying.
Making friends with your co-workers and spending time with them outside of work can also lead to better relationships in the workplace. However, you want to be careful in setting clear boundaries for this situation so that everyone involved in the relationship understands the differences between spending time together in and out of work. For example, limits can be set so that your talking about non-work related issues only during breaks and lunch. It’s also important to understand that sometimes you are dealing with professional issues inside the office that don’t need to affect your relationship outside of work.
Another way to improve your relationships at work is to make sure you and your colleagues are taking breaks and lunches and enjoying time to get to know each other. In today’s environment where there is a focus put on quantity of work, it’s important to make sure that you’re taking time to rest and recharge. If you spend your entire day at work in meetings or staring at the computer, you will burn yourself out. It probably won’t be that enjoyable to spend time around either. However, if you set aside a few minutes each day for breaks that you can spend with your colleagues, the work environment will be a much more positive place.
In order to improve your work relationships, just choose one of these strategies to start with. You will quickly see that that just taking a couple of extra minutes a day to connect with your co-workers will quickly have a positive effect on your relationships at work and your workplace will become a much more enjoyable place to be!