No one wants to feel like an outsider. While we typically think about this in context of our social lives, it holds no less true in the workplace. Granted, work should be one’s primary focus in the office, but building strong relationships with coworkers can make your time there much more enjoyable. Given how much time we spend at work, it’s important to make the experience the healthiest and most fulfilling it can possibly be. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some effective ways to form better work relationships.
Don’t Wait For Others to Start the Conversation
Striking up a conversation with someone out of the blue can be difficult, but you shouldn’t rely on anyone else to make the first move. Rather than waiting for a chance occurrence to get everyone talking, take the initiative to engage your coworkers in conversation.
No matter the topic at hand, make it a point to really listen to what they have to say. It’s all too easy to switch into auto pilot in a casual conversation and simply wait your turn to reply. However, by actively listening, you not only demonstrate that you are genuinely interested in learning more about them, but are more likely to find shared commonalities and shared interests as well.
Understand Your Own Strengths and Weaknesses
You may be great at your job, but no one person can do it all. In a well-functioning team, each member has individual strengths that contribute to the team’s overall success. If you excel in one particular aspect of your job, look for opportunities to help coworkers who may be struggling in that area.
Likewise, when you find yourself overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask for help from others. Trying to take on everything by yourself and stumbling will only serve to bring down the entire team. After all, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Being able to ask for and provide help when needed will keep things running smoothly and build trust among your coworkers.
Be a Source of Positivity
No workplace is without its share of drama. Whether or not you choose to be a part of it, however, is entirely up to you. People are naturally drawn to those who make them feel good about themselves. Rather than joining in on the gossip or workplace negativity, try being someone that your coworkers can turn to when in need of an emotional pick-me-up. That’s not to say that you’re not allowed the occasional bad day, but as a generally positive person, you’ll find it much easier to form meaningful work relationships.
Be Open to New Ideas
Everyone has their own way of doing things that works best for them. While it’s completely natural to develop your own best practices, it becomes an issue when we start to view them as the “correct” way that things should be done. When this happens, we’re doing a disservice to ourselves and others.
Talk to your coworkers about what has or hasn’t worked for them on the job so far. Opening yourself up to new ideas is a guaranteed way to boost critical thinking and personal growth. Most importantly, by giving value to others’ ways of thinking, it encourages workplace diversity and helps to create strong bonds among team members.
Give Credit Where It’s Due
Whether we all admit to it or not, everyone likes to be acknowledged for a job well done. It may seem inconsequential, but something as small as “great work”, can provide a much needed morale boost for a fellow coworker. Keep an eye out for opportunities to congratulate your team members on their workplace successes one on one or highlight their achievements in a company meeting. Being the driving force behind building a culture of appreciation and recognition will go a long way towards creating strong relationships with your coworkers.
The strongest teams are those that are built on respect and trust. By putting in the effort to build positive work relationships, you’re helping to create an environment where everyone can feel and perform their best.
At Cogs, we understand how crucial workplace culture and relationships are for success. Whether you’re looking for new career opportunities or looking to hire professionals for your own team, we can help. Get in touch with us today to learn how.