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September 18, 2020

Five Tips for Better Workplace Relationships

The ability to create authentic relationships with your colleagues and team is a key factor in career advancement. In addition to personal and professional success, having good relationships with others at work gives you a network you can call on for information and help when you need it. Here are five tips for strengthening those relationships.

  1. Get to know people as individuals. It is easier to forge lasting relationships with people when you relate to them as individuals with lives and interests outside work. Take time to get to know people apart from the job. 
  2. Find out how you can help others. Make sure you let people know how you can help them. If you see someone struggling, ask if there is anything you can do for him or her. Be generous with what you know.
  3. Be positive. When you have a positive attitude, people want to be around you and work with you. Even if you’re having a bad day, don’t take it out on someone else. Negativity spreads faster than a cold through an office. See my blog post Enthusiasm Is Contagious.
  4. Be reliable. Having a reputation for doing what you say you will do and meeting deadlines is important for long-term relationships. When others know they can rely on you, you strengthen your ties with them.
  5. Be considerate. Basic business etiquette keeps relationships on solid ground. Use words like please and thank you, make polite requests, and hold on to your temper when you feel like blowing up.

Building and nurturing good workplace relationships can make the job easier and more pleasant. Be your best every day and with everyone, be quick to apologize for mistakes, and even quicker with praise for others. 

Need more information on this important topic? See my blog posts Tips for Building Effective Workplace Networks and Network within Your Own Organization.

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