February 23, 2015

6 Tips for Improving Workplace Relationships

The average person spends more time at work than anywhere else, which means that the majority of their time is also spent with their coworkers. While creating close friendships with coworkers isn’t for everyone, it’s still important to take the time to better know and understand the people around you. Besides, the workplace in undeniably a better place when coworkers are amicable and when trust is established among team members.

Building positive workplace relationships doesn’t come naturally for all of us. If you find that you have a hard time establishing relationships at work, here are some tips for encouraging positivity in the workplace:

Be friendly.

This one seems obvious, but let’s face it: Many people come to work focused solely on finishing their tasks and responsibilities. Friendly banter with coworkers just isn’t always a priority. By being friendly to your coworkers and encouraging them, you’ll find that they treat you with the same respect and will trust you with bigger projects down the road.

Get your work done.

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. If you aren’t getting your work done, don’t expect for it to go unnoticed for long. And if you’re having trouble completing a project, don’t push it to the side because this could have a negative impact on your entire team. Talk to your team and managers about your concerns, and never hesitate to ask for help.

Share the space.

If you share an office space with other coworkers, be respectful of their working habits. And always be sure to keep the shared spaces, like the kitchen and the bathroom, as clean as possible.

Being nice is professional.

Professionalism is often confused with being entirely emotionless, which can come across as cold. People want to work with people who emulate positivity and respect.

Don’t gossip.

There is never a time that office gossip is appropriate. It’s that simple.

Be clear.

Communication is everything. Be clear in your communication and deliberate about the tasks that need to get done. Also, be sure to communicate with team members and project managers on a regular basis.


As they say, You get more bees with honey–even in the workplace.

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