By Team Learning Minds
We come across an assortment of people at our workplaces – managers, colleagues, team members, the staff. These daily interactions with them, however small, are great opportunities to develop strong relationships, and instill a sense of respect and belonging amongst workers.
According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Love and Belonging needs are essential and are a requirement for an individual’s self-actualization. Also, findings from the report, “Well-being in the Workplace” by Martin Boult show that co-worker relationships is the leading contributor to workplace wellbeing. Nowadays, managers ensure that the individuals being hired to be a part of their organization are outgoing, social, and possesses effective interpersonal skills.
It is easy to forget that we are social beings between the stresses of work. We need to remember that work dynamics are changing, and that work is social and so are we. Positive Psychologist, Martin Seligman states that happiness cannot be achieved without social relationships. Positive relationships enhance employee engagement, team collaboration and loyalty to the organization. Happy employees are motivated to achieve goals, are productive, and reduce the rates of absenteeism and employee turnover.
Here are 10 ways through which you can build positive relationships at your workplace.
- Let Others Know You– Share your expertise, experiences and elements of your personality with others to be seen as friendly and approachable
- Be Positive– Speak well about your experiences while working with others in order to build trust and appreciation amongst colleagues
- Ask For Help– Do not shy away from asking for assistance and reviewing your ideas as others will feel valued for their perspective
- Show Gratitude –Thank your managers, colleagues and even your staff members for their contributions and ideas when they come to your aid so that they may come to yours when you need it
- Positive Feedback –Praise your employees for their hard work and goal accomplishment in order to motivate them and increase their job satisfaction
- Don’t Play The Blame Game –Don’t alienate others for their mistakes, identify them and publicly blame them
- Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication –Present yourself as amicable and do not pass sarcastic remarks about others
- Team Building –Praise the efforts and strengths of the teams in your organization so as to increase its ingroup cohesiveness and commitment
- Keep Your Commitments –Remember that your work affects others, so ensure that you complete all interdependent tasks in order to have a smooth flow of work and less conflicts
- Choose The Right People –Make sure that your job applicants are affable, able to communicate appropriately with other colleagues and the right match for the open and positive culture at your organization