How to Build Relationship in Workplace
Cultivating an awesome relationship with your workplace colleagues brings about great benefits. It boosts productivity, increases work output, strengthens team work and ultimately fast tracks your career progression.
Your effort in fostering respectful association with office peers begins from the moment you meet them for the very first time. Following are 7 important tips that will help you nurture and maintain an awesome relationship with your colleagues at workplace.
Project positive personality
People beaming with positive personality are approachable and easy to get around with. Smile and greet your colleagues when you chance upon them at the elevator, cafeteria, corridor and car park.
Groom well to office. You do not necessarily have to be good looking but it is important to look good. When you sit, walk and talk, project confidence. If you have a good humor sense, crack some jokes that can lighten up the day.
When you are filled with a positive energy, people will surely enjoy your presence. You ignite enthusiasm and happiness, which will lead to increase in work productivity.
Respect first, and you will get respect
Respect is earned, not commanded. To get respect, you must show respect to others first and recognition will come naturally. Show your appreciation and gratitude toward your colleagues; they make the team and without their presence and collective efforts, work cannot possibly run.
Argue tactfully in your verbal and email communications. Disagreeing is not a bad thing but it must be done professionally. Respect everyone equally and show no bias.
Get to know better your colleagues’ personal side by generating a genuine interest in their family and hobbies without overstepping the border.
Be your own self
Be honest of you really are. There are people who ignore this important fact and try to follow others. While imitating your boss or a colleague who is likeable to others may pay you for a brief time, your character will be adversely affected in the long run.
The problem with being someone else is that you need to behave in a different way in a different situation. Understand your strengths and weaknesses and try to build a reputation of your own. Identify your shortcomings and take charge in addressing them.
Where necessary, get opinion from your boss or colleagues how you can continually improve yourself as a worker and a friend.
Take pleasure in what you do
Check out the passion you have toward your work. If you are not enjoying your work, you would always emit a negative attitude toward everything around you, including your colleagues. People can notice whether you are passionate enough or not about your work without you even realizing it.
Whatever task is assigned to you, take pleasure in accomplishing it. When you integrate passion in your job, mastery and competency will shape up. A recognized competent executor becomes a source of reference by other colleagues.
Know where to draw a line
A big mistake many people make is to try too much to the extent of going overboard. This dangerously hampers the relationship building process. While being jovial, it is important to know where to draw the line.
Being professional is as important as being friendly. A slip of the tongue can get you into all sorts of trouble. So be careful about what you are talking.
In the corporate segment, partying is a common thing. Try to be within the “social limits” while attending such an event. Get your behavior under control and do not attempt a thing or two that you will regret later.
Listen more, speak less
Conversation is a two-way thing: you talk and people listen, and vice versa. The truth is that, people who listen more than talk gain more trust. Friends will be more inclined to confide to you when they know you are a trustworthy and reliable person.
Keep all the confidential details intact as promised. Never let those secrets out; they die with you.
Sometimes, people raise problems to you not because they want a solution. Rather, they just need someone who they can talk to. Someone they can blow their steam off at. Someone they feel comfortable as a company.
No politics please
Lastly, do not let yourself drawn deep into office politics. It is unfortunate that there are people who resort to ill-advised undertakings to gain promotion or increase popularity at the expense of other honest, hardworking colleagues.
If there is any issue with your colleague, talk to him for an amicable resolution. Try to be accommodating and seek a win-win conclusion.
Gossiping about your colleagues, especially in a bad light, is a sign of your unhealthy character. In the long run, you will suffer from a scratched reputation. People will loathe being around you. You may as well end up having lunch on your own everyday.