Building Positive Relationships
Sam Wilson, September 23, 2014
Of course you don’t have to get on with everyone or be best friends with your colleagues, but by making the effort to get to know them better you can improve your career prospects, as well as your work environment. Ever happy to help when it comes to improving your career, Career Savvy has compiled a list of helpful tips to remember when building those all-important relationships at work.
Whether you are new to the office and feel intimidated, or you have woken up on the wrong side of the bed, sometimes it’s difficult to motivate yourself to make conversation with your co-workers. However it’s important for you to try and make as much effort as possible to get to know your colleagues because by doing so, you’ll feel much more comfortable approaching them whenever you have a problem or need their help. Plus this is how true friendships are made. Just be careful to remember that you’re at work, therefore make sure your efforts to make friends at work are not impacting on your productivity.
2. Be Considerate
If you’re sharing an office then it’s important to ensure you’re not distracting or irritating your co-workers with your bad habits. Although you might work better with some background music, playing it too loudly could be distracting those trying to work around you. If you notice a colleague cannot cope with their current workload, or perhaps a new colleague is struggling to use the office computers, then offer a helping hand. If you make a conscious effort to help others then people will appreciate your kind nature. In return, your colleagues will be much more willing to help you whenever you have a problem. Furthermore, if someone receives a promotion or credit for their work, don’t let your jealousy get in the way of congratulating them. It’s polite to acknowledge their achievement and again this works both ways – when you achieve something, they will be keen to congratulate you too.
3. Be Responsible
If you have committed to a project or task then make sure you complete it. You don’t want to get a reputation for letting people down; this will make you look unprofessional. If you do have an issue and you can no longer fulfil a promise, ensure you make everybody involved aware of this and help to find a solution. If you happen to make a mistake, own up to it. Nobody is perfect and people will not look on you favourably if you attempt to shift the blame onto others. Your boss will be far more impressed if you admit and then learn from your mistake, than if you get defensive and avoid taking responsibility. In addition, try not to become involved with office gossip as this can earn you a bad reputation and it’s unprofessional.
To build good relationships at work it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to find a best friend in the office. Simply by being polite and making an effort to get to know the people you work with, you can considerably improve your working environment as well as your career prospects. The friendlier you are, the more respect you will receive, thus the more likely you will be offered that promotion or at least be recognised for your efforts.