this age of networking, team building and shared workspaces, good working
relationships are more important than ever. We looked at recommendations from workplace
management experts and compiled five tips that will make your job more
enjoyable and productive–and lead to contacts that can help you build a
Pitch In Before You Are Asked
According to Inc. magazine, you can build extraordinary relationships at work and in life by volunteering to help before you are asked. Moreover, offer to help in specific ways, not just ask a general question like, “Is there anything I can do?” The lesson: When you make concrete suggestions, such as helping with a database or taking on a writing assignment, you can make a real difference in your co-workers lives, which will be appreciated and remembered.
Know When Enough Is Enough
Inc. also reminds us that charismatic
people are a lot of fun… until they aren’t. Know when it’s time to stop
expressing your individuality and sense of humor, especially when there is a challenge
or stressful situation at work. As Inc. notes: “People who build great
relationships know when to have fun and when to be serious, when to be over the
top and when to be invisible, and when to take charge and when to follow.”
Solutions Not Criticisms
The career management experts at The Balance Careers, recommend bringing solutions not problems to
meetings. We all know co-workers who spend time identifying problems but don’t
put thought into helpful solutions. It’s easy to be critical but finding ways
to improve projects will earn you real respect from your co-workers–and your
Skip the Blame Game
The Balance Careers also reminds us that blaming others for failures–and
throwing them under the bus–will earn you enemies. These enemies will
unite and help you fail–and that’s not the path to success. Also remember that
nonverbal communications matter. Yelling or talking down to co-workers or
employees is never OK but we sometimes forget that visual cues like eye rolling
send a message that you don’t respect the people who work with you.
And if you make a mistake or hurt someone’s
feelings, apologize before you are asked.
Keep Your Commitments and Share Accomplishments
Small Business Chron also points out that that “trust, teamwork,
communication and respect are keys to effective working relationships.” That
includes keeping your commitments and sharing successes. We know we look bad
when we miss a deadline or don’t complete a project. However, when we miss deadlines
and commitments, we also negatively impact our co-workers–and that is a certain
path to poor working relationships. If
you know you will miss a deadline, be sure to tell your teammates and boss in
advance. And if you have too much on your plate, speak up.
In addition, whenever you complete a project, share
credit and say thank you. Recognizing the people who helped you to the finish
line is a great way to build great work relationships.
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