Do you have a good friend at work?
When we get along with people at work, we look forward to being in that environment we feel welcome in. It’s important to be happy at work since we spend most of our time there.
We seek for a warm and united working environment. One that triggers our motivation and stimulate our can do-attitude. In order to experience such an environment, we need to have good, positive and healthy working relationships with those we interact at work.
In this article, we’ll show you why it matter and how you can develop and strengthen your working relationships, even with those you have trouble getting along with!
1) Portraying Mindfulness at Work
When we’re being mindful at work, we’re adopting an open-mind and open-heart, and therefore we’re more connected and involved with the people around us.
We’re not letting any past or future thoughts and negativity get to us or affect our present moment. We’re focus on what’s happening right now and the people we’re with.
People know when you actually listen to them. And when you do, they will see you as someone who they can rely and trust.
2) Demonstrating Open, Honest Communication
We communicate with our colleagues and bosses everyday.
Communication, like most things, can be mindful or it can be mindless.
Mindful communication offers in-depth exchanging of information because it offers more than just what’s immediately obvious on the surface.
Mindless communication however, offers shallow information because it only offers the “bare bones”, the surface message, and not the real message.
The way we communicate with people at work, determines how well we work with them.
A face-to-face discussion is still the best form of communication because this allows us the richness of seeing the other person’s body language as well their tone of voice and inputting their actual words. This is what builds the foundation of a good working relationship.
3) Trusting in Yourself as with Others
We can’t have a healthy working relationship of any kind with those we don’t trust. When we’re constantly suspicious of those around us, we closed ourselves up and let the negativity surpass the positive ones.
Trust is based on respect, and respect is based on honesty. You want to trust someone whom you respect and is honest with you. It’s indeed difficult to trust others in the workplace with the common stereotype that we’re all on our own and backstabbing and politics are real.
However, the first essential step to establish powerful working relationships in the workplace is to trust one another. That’s how we can all progress forward and achieve goals together.
When we begin to trust those we work with, we’re putting ourselves out there with our best work, and nothing can go wrong when we’re open and honest in our thoughts and actions.
Whereas, when trust is absent, we only care for ourselves. We fail to see what others can contribute to the table and more time and resources are eventually wasted with minimal results achieved.
4) Working with a Sense of Passion
We can only form healthy working relationships with others when we like what we do. When we’re not force to be at a place that sucks our energy and drained us out, can we focus on building rapport with others.
We need to be happy and committed in what we do to be able to appreciate those in the same field of work.
When we show appreciation to everyone, even to those that we may not know and genuinely acknowledged their achievements, we’re on our way to developing and strengthening healthy working relationships.
5) Being Sensitive and Having Empathy
We may know one or two people who can be really insensitive towards others. And even offend others in the process. You’ll realise that people generally don’t want to be around them.
People want to spend time with those who can relate to their feelings. As humans, we crave for understanding and someone who ‘gets’ us.
Expressing empathy and understanding of one’s emotions builds a connection between people. It’s a state of perceiving and relating to another person’s feelings and needs without blaming, giving advice or trying to fix the situation.
Empathy also means “reading” another person’s inner state and interpreting it in a way that will help the other person and offer support and develop mutual trust.
Having the ability to understand and share the feelings of others is a quick way to form powerful working relationships that’re hard to break.
6) Respecting the Opinions of Others
In my opinion, constructive feedback, is the food of progress, and while it may not always taste good, it’s essential for us to grow out of our comfort zone.
By being willing to listen, respect and even use the opinion of others as insights during decision-making, we’re potentially forging positive working relationships.
Respecting differences between opinions is only the first step. When the other party is aware that you’re making good use of his opinions, you’re telling him that you trust and value his feedback. This earns you someone who’s willing to support your work achievements and provide you information that may be helpful to you.
7) Be Reliable and Responsible for Your Work
One way to excel at your job is to be good at it. We want to work with someone we can trust, is reliable and takes responsibility for their work. It’s good to have someone we can rely on at the workplace to get things done the right way. And that person should begin with you.
There’re many ways that you can demonstrate your skills and abilities. It can be as simple as showing up on time every day, never missing a deadline or exceeding the expectations of others in your work.
Your colleagues will want to work with you and feel at ease because you’ve proved yourself to be of good character and possess good morals. Your bosses will include you in important meetings and assign you to bigger projects to work with because they trust in your capabilities.
Dealing with Difficult Relationships
It’s almost unlikely for us not to work with people we don’t get along with. Despite the differences, and for the sake of your work, you have to grind your teeth and have interactions and work with them.
Since you’re unable to bail on the situation, why not make the best of it?
You can make an effort to improve the relationship by getting to know the person better and have a genuine conversation. Try to find a common ground. If not, keep things to work and look at the situation objectively. If the person is being difficult, don’t get defensive or feel bad. People can’t make you feel bad about yourself unless you give them power to.
All you have to do is respect the differences, focus on you, skip the gossiping and do your best.
Just bear in mind that not all relationships will be great; but you can make sure that they’re workable in the least.
So, Why Are Healthy Working Relationships Important?
We’re more calm, comfortable and can perform efficiently when we have enjoyable relationships with those we work with.
Work can be fun, enjoyable, interactive, innovative and creative when we’re happy and satisfied at work.
Humans are naturally social creatures. We crave friendship and positive interactions with people we meet.
Healthy working relationships give us freedom. This means we’re able to focus on the positivity and opportunties that lie within us. We don’t have time for spite, problems or negative relationships getting in the way.
Overall, we want others to have a good impression of us and we want to work with people we’re on good terms with. We also need to build healthy working relationships with others in our professional circle besides our colleagues and bosses. Customers, suppliers, and key stakeholders and anyone who’ve connected with you before are all essential to your success.