How To Build Great Working Relationships
Work should always be both enjoyable and productive – it is the people relationships in the workplace that make this possible.
There has always been a strong correlation between having a successful and fulfilling career and having satisfying and enjoyable working relationships with those around us. A happy workplace is very much a contented and productive workplace.
It is very important for managers and staff alike to recognise that we cannot chose who we work with and our personal success depends very much upon having good, productive working relationships with people that we would not naturally get on with.
This has a positive impact upon how change in the workplace is accepted and dealt with and environments where collaboration and good working relationships are the norm are organisations where innovation and creativity are at the forefront of what is going on every day.
Good relationships give us freedom: instead of spending time and energy overcoming the problems associated with negative relationships, we can, instead, focus on opportunities. This also spills into professional relationships with customers, suppliers and key stakeholders where close working relationships are essential for success.
What makes up a Great Working Relationship?
There are several characteristics that make up good, healthy working relationships:
Trust – This is the foundation of every good relationship. When you trust your team and colleagues, you form a powerful bond that helps you to work and communicate more effectively. If you trust the people you work with, you can be open and honest in your thoughts and actions.
Mutual Respect – When you respect the people who you work with, you value their input and ideas, and they value yours. Working together, you can develop solutions based on your collective insight, wisdom and creativity.
Mindfulness – This means taking responsibility for your words and actions. Those who are mindful are careful and attend to what they say and never let their own negative emotions impact the people around them.
Welcoming Diversity – People with good relationships not only accept diverse people and opinions, but they welcome them.
Open Communication – We communicate all day, whether we’re sending emails and IMs, or meeting face to face. The better and more effectively you communicate with those around you, the richer your relationships will be. All good relationships depend on open, honest communication.
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