How To Form Relationships With Coworkers
Daniella Okorobie
How To Form Relationships With Coworkers

Enjoying the trust of your colleagues is the foundation of success in any workplace. Without it, your colleagues might hesitate to support your initiatives. Confidence, or the lack of it, can make the difference between achieving your goals or not. 

This brief content will discuss the best ways to form relationships with your coworkers, to enhance workplace productivity. However, before that, let’s see why it is important to have good relationships with your coworkers.

Why Is It Important to Have a Good Relationship With Coworkers?

Maintaining good relationships with colleagues helps you work better and get more job satisfaction. It ensures problems are solved efficiently and enables you to take advantage of more job opportunities.

To build a successful career and create a positive environment in your office, you must develop good relationships with your colleagues. To do this, it is necessary to have good listening skills, communicate honestly and respect yourself and others. You must be willing to compromise and try to get to know your colleagues better.

How to Relate to Coworkers?

Below are ways you can relate with coworkers in the workplace:

1. Active Listening

To build good relationships with coworkers, listening carefully to what they say is very important. A good listener also takes notes, asks appropriate questions, and repeats concepts they have heard during the conversation. For the issuer, this will make them feel heard.

2. Freedom of Expression

Allow others to freely express their views on matters related to the work environment, as long as they do so professionally and politely. Communication is an essential element of teamwork. It also serves to keep group morale high. 

3. Encourage Respect

  • Be respectful of yourself and others. 
  • Consider your colleagues. 
  • Listen to their opinions and respond professionally. 
  • Keep your emotions in check when dealing with conflict.
  • Listening carefully to what others think of your work helps you grow. 
  • Learn to give constructive criticism. 

4. Personalization and Empathy

Adjust your behavior to each other’s personality, so they feel more comfortable with you; this creates a more relaxed atmosphere.

Get to know your peers on a personal level. Share their interests over lunch and look for opportunities to spend time with them, even outside the office.

5. Teamwork

Always be for teamwork and collaboration. If a conflict arises with one of your colleagues, talk to them. Only go to your superior after first discussing it with the person involved.

If you want to work comfortably and in a peaceful work environment, be happy with the achievements of others and value their work.

6. Cultivate Responsibility

Be responsible for your tasks. If you are not and it affects your colleagues, conflicts will arise. Also, you tend to get more support from colleagues if they perceive that you are making an effort.

Attitudes To Develop To Establish A Good Relationship With Coworkers 

Here are some tips to improve your behavior at work, earn appreciation from your employer, and embark on a positive career path:

  • Be kind and helpful, but set limits to avoid being taken advantage of.
  • Do not criticize any coworker with another. If something bothers you, go to the person in question, not to third parties.
  • Separate personal relationships from work. 
  • Refrain from bringing your personal problems to work. 
  • Participate in the events that are organized. Failure to attend any may show a lack of interest and give a wrong impression.  
  • Be a grateful person. If you are complimented, mention the help you received from your peers. 
  • Be concise and direct. You must be efficient, transparent, and frank.
  • Show empathy. Expressing a genuine interest in the other without being intrusive is key to being truly appreciated.
  • Choose the right situation to give your approval.
  • Obeying times and roles is the basis of correct work behavior.

With a positive attitude, going to work every morning will be more pleasant. Remember: respect, joy, and empathy are contagious.

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