To maintain a healthy and positive environment in the workplace and for it to be an enjoyable and harmonious place to be, then building positive relationships between co-workers is essential. Positive connections with colleagues lead to increased job satisfaction, enhanced productivity and also overall good communication. There are certain simple yet effective strategies that can be implemented that will help to build and then maintain positive relationships at work.
Communication is at the core of any good relationship and this is found both with personal relationships and working relationships. It is important to actively listen to co-workers and at the same time to demonstrate respect and authenticity when participating in speaking dialogues or any form of communication. When everyone has the opportunity to feel heard and listened to, it creates an environment where genuine interest in others is commonplace.
Teamwork is essential for the smooth running of a workplace environment where everyone is working towards a common goal and where everyone is encouraged to share their individual skills, knowledge and resources to achieve collective success. Very rapidly, a strong sense of belonging will be forged among colleagues who will support each other, recognising and celebrating each other's contributions. When colleagues feel valued, they are more likely to want to perform to the best of their ability so recognising and appreciating efforts go a long way and will stay motivated.
Conflicts should be handled discreetly, constructively and as swiftly as possible. Problem solving skills should be utilised and everyone involved should feel listened to while a mutually agreeable solution is found. This will help to prevent any further misunderstandings.
Be mindful of words and actions that may inadvertently upset another person. All colleagues should be shown respect, manners and courtesy in a constant professional way, regardless of their position, role or background while embracing diversity and excluding no one. This helps to contribute towards a positive working culture and can retain the company’s top talents.
Relationships at work, like any relationship in life, requires a continuous effort and a firm commitment and there will invariably be the occasional set back or issue that needs dealing with but with good strategies in place, any problems can be positively dealt with. This creates a harmonious and productive work environment for all involved.
Positive work relationships are imperative for creating a mutually beneficial, harmonious and productive environment where all employees feel valued, supported and motivated.