Some often say that most of us spend a lot more time with our officemates than with our family and friends. This statement is mostly true because we are often at work for most of the week.
Since we do spend a lot of time with them, it will be easier to work if we have a great relationship with them. Failure to do so and you will find yourself having difficulties working with colleagues who don’t like you.
To help you get along with your officemates, here are some ways on how you can improve your workplace relationships:
#1 Give them respect
You do not have to be everyone’s friend while in the workplace.
What matters is that you recognize their position in the team and give them the due respect. You can show this respect by not taking their food, calling out sick if you are not feeling well, and not taking credit for something you didn’t do.
If co-workers tell you that you need to improve or change your behaviour, keep an open mind, hear their opinions out and if it is genuine feedback, try to change for your own growth.
#2 Start off by being friendly
If you are new in the team or just starting your new job, it can be frustrating to worry on how well you will bond with your colleagues.
Admittedly, strong work relationships will take time before it becomes visible.
With this in mind, start your first day by being friendly and smile if you don’t know how to start small talk. You should also ask questions when you need it and accept advice when they offer it.
Being obnoxious will make you special – specially annoying to others!
#3 Familiarize and Practice Office Rules
Like at home, school and other public places, you need to exercise good manners even at work.
Every workspace or office has office rules in place to ensure everyone is organized and peaceful. Some of the office rules you need to know are email etiquette, punctuality and appropriate office wear.
Sure, you may not want to be part of the herd and you want to stand out from the crowd. Let your performance do the shining while you keep out of trouble and in HR’s line of sight by following your company’s regulations.
#4 Say no to gossip
Workplace gossip is intense and can lead to many conflicts between coworkers.
While it can be tempting to share information with others, but it can give a different impression to your colleagues. If you feel that urge to gossip, stop yourself by avoiding your coworkers.
Remember, you don’t want to be put into a spot where there are malicious intent to hurt one of your coworkers.
#5 Know why there is a problem
Sometimes, you may find it difficult to relate to your colleagues and end up in a blank once you think about the reasons why.
When you feel like everyone is ignoring you, take the time to explore your interactions with them and see if you did something wrong. We can’t see our flaws at times and it take courage for us to approach the people who can, like a mentor or your supervisor.
It can be hard to accept if you are the one causing the problem, but once you know this issue, you can do something to resolve the problem.
#6 Don’t complain immediately to your team leader
When your ideas or proposals don’t get accepted, don’t immediately complain to your team leader. Try to look into your proposal or problem first and see if you can improve on it.
You are here to provide solutions to existing problems even through the problems may not be yours. Step up to the challenge and you may find yourself looking at a promotion soon!
If you don’t see any ways to remedy the issue, you can turn to your team leader for help.
#7 Communicate with them directly
A good working relationship with your colleagues can be reached if you can speak to them directly. It is the best way to resolve conflicts since you and your colleague can discuss it without having another party look in your issue. Make sure to communicate politely, talk straight to the point and listen with an open mind.
#8 Offer incentives
If your colleagues won’t work with you, you can offer them an incentive. You can say that if they cooperate with you for your team’s project, they will be able to speed up the work and get great results. It can also lead to recognition and promotion.
#9 Hangout with them
A major reason why some people don’t work well together is that they don’t know each other well. To get to know your colleagues, why not hang out with them during breaks or after work?
Sometimes, the reason why they are hard to talk to can be because they want to concentrate in their work. When you see them outside work, it is a less formal environment. They are relaxed, letting their guard down and they may even act completely different.
#10 Go Above and Beyond
Everyone needs help every now and then. Offer to help them if you can spare the time and don’t expect to take credit for it. Any kind of help will be appreciated if you are sincere.
Whether it is to help a coworker to take away lunch because he is too tied up with work to be away from his desk or offer to take on extra shift so that your teammate can rushed home to pick up his child, will definitely build better bonds in the office.
Building a good workplace relationship takes time to develop, but there are many ways to make it possible. With these tips, I hope that it helps you find opportunities to make your workplace friendly.
Do you have any great suggestions to share with us? All are welcome in the comments below.
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