Building great work relationships

14 Aug 2019

colleagueYour co-workers are the people you spend most of your time with, so building a healthy relationship is essential. The Gallup Organization revealed that people who have a best friend at work are seven times more likely to be more productive at work due to overall levels of satisfaction.

Here are some tips you can follow to ensure you build a great and professional relationship with your co-workers:

-    Respect others
One workplace is bound to be full of unique personalities with different skills and mindsets, each capable of bringing something to the table. Forming a close relationship with each colleague is impossible due to the many different personalities, but it is important to respect them nonetheless. Seemingly minor things can make a difference, such as cleaning up a shared space and listening to your colleague’s frustrations unless they are unreasonable.

-    Be polite
Manners are extremely important. Greet your colleagues at the start of the workday, remember to keep your voice down when chatting on the phone and address co-workers politely via email. Furthermore, keep in mind that a simple ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ can go a long way.

-    Do not gossip
At any workplace, you are bound to meet that one person who enjoys spreading a good rumour or initiating unnecessary drama. Avoid falling into the trap and keep a healthy distance from these people – trouble will most certainly find its way back to you, and nobody wants to befriend the untrustworthy individual.

-    Be kind
If your colleagues ask for your assistance, you should try to help them. However, there are many other random and kind gestures that will be appreciated. Lifting some of the workload off a colleague’s shoulders on a particularly strenuous day is just one of those, but so is making a colleague coffee or sharing a snack on occasion.

-    Know your boundaries
Even when you think you have secured a friendly enough relationship with a colleague, there are some topics that should never be addressed at work. Have a look at one of our recent blog posts to get a clearer idea of what is considered inappropriate!