How Positive Working Relationships Work for You
Today is my parent’s 53rd wedding anniversary. You don’t get to be married that long without knowing something about commitment, communication, conflict resolution, and comedic timing or humor. Creating a cohesive, productive, team in the workplace takes many of the same attributes and, when accomplished, can be an important part of your successful career.
We talk a lot about getting a job, but you also need to prepare yourself for being part of a team. Companies are looking for candidates that fit with their organzation, add value to the team, and contribute to a positive work place. Brian Goodman, managing director of Experis says, "Attitude drives success, and people want to be around positive people. It is contagious, and others will notice. Naysayers are a drag on business." It's not much different than kindergarten: be nice, get along, and look out for each other.
Why are Positive Work Relationships Important?
Because a positive workplace = more engaged workers = higher production = increased bottom line
“A sense of camaraderie and positive morale can be an important force in a workplace -- a satisfied workforce reduces employee turnover and absenteeism and improves a company's bottom line.” Forest Time, Demand Media
People like working with people they like!
“A survey of 1,000 workers in the United Kingdom conducted by the job search website Jobsite showed that for 70 percent of respondents, friends at work is the most crucial element to a happy working life. This compares to 55 percent who said money was most important. A majority of workers would turn down a raise if it meant that they could keep working with friends” (Caroline Fairchild, Huffington Post)
How do you Create Positive Work Relationships?
Be Friendly! Sounds simple, right? Being genuinely attentive, courteous, and kind will help build trust and create a positive atmosphere. Being friendly can help you get to know your co-workers on a personal level which will help you develop a support system at work and maybe even outside the office.
Be Respectful! Many office conflicts stem from someone’s insensitivity or lack of self-awareness. Don’t assume everyone is like you and learn to be more in tune with your surroundings. Understand your own moods and emotions and manage your stress so you can handle change and challenges.
Be an Asset! Do your job and do it well! Add value to your workplace by thinking of creative ways to contribute and be the person who is actively looking for ways to help people.
Talk about it! No one can read your mind. If you have a concern, questions, suggestion, or need, talk about it! Co-workers should be able to express their work-related thoughts and ideas in a professional manner.
Don’t talk about that! You do not want to be known as the person in the office that spreads rumors, gossip, negativity, or other people’s business.
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