How to Develop Positive Working Relationships

The relationships you establish in your work place are important for building your career, as well as work satisfaction. Better working relationships can lead to increased productivity and improved teamwork. To develop positive working relationships, there are several steps you can take to achieve this and we’ve listed some points below that may help.

Avoid Gossip
It’s unrealistic to assume there will never be any office gossip or politics; this is a reality of working with others in close quarters for a long period of time. However, it’s important to keep yourself away from it. Don’t risk becoming involved in what others are talking about, as it may backfire on you and could even ruin your own reputation.

Keep a Positive Attitude
We can’t be in a great mood all the time, but remember no one likes to be around negativity. Try and keep a positive and professional demeanour while at work, as it will take you a long way in your career and shows others you work with that you have a good attitude.

Be Proactive
By being proactive you can organise your work more efficiently and can also focus on solutions instead of problems. Not only does being proactive give you more self-motivation, it also gets you quicker results and increased productivity. Being proactive at work and with your colleagues can build your reputation within the work place and create strong working relationships.

Work Well
In order to maintain good working relationships, you need to make sure you’re doing your job well. Nobody appreciates a colleague who shy’s away from their responsibilities or fails to deliver their work on time.
If you find yourself short of time or unable to follow up on tasks that need to be done, be open and honest and tell your co-workers. They will appreciate your honesty instead of failing to deliver with no reason.

Communicate Effectively
To build and maintain good working relationships, you must have good communication. Whether you are communicating face to face or by email or phone, it’s important to have open and honest communication with your colleagues. Listening is also a crucial element of communicating. Make sure you pay attention to what others say and ask any relevant questions.

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