You might not know it, but building healthy relationships with your co-workers is an important part of having a successful career. This can be good for businesses because it can help companies create higher performance in the workplace. In addition, very few companies have their employees work 100% independently.
It becomes necessary to build good relationshiops with co-workers because everyone has their role to play in a company. It is important for everyone to get along – not just for the sake of the work environment, but for the sake of the company and its success, too. But how do you build relationships with co-workers to begin with? Here are five ways you should know by now:
1. Be Honest and Communicate:
When you're building relationships with your co-workers, be open and honest. The best thing to do is to encourage people to be honest with the situations with your co-workers about having a social relationship, and communicate that you want to get to know them better in order to work better as a team. Remember some people see work as a place to show up, do what they are supposed to do, and go home. Others see it as a place to spend half of their waking life and an opportunity to build social relationships. You need to know how your co-workers feel about the work they do.
2. Be Likable:
Sometimes being open and honest about building a relationship with your co-workers won’t get you the response you are looking for. However, don’t completely write-off someone who isn’t interested in building a relationship. Even if they don’t want to engage and build a friendly or social relationship, you may end up excluding them or devaluing them, and that ends up creating a negative relationship, and possibly, hurting the company. Just be sure to keep them in the communication loop and still offer assistance and support to tasks.
3. Be Observant:
Some people might now know an appropriate way to build a good relationship with a fellow employee. If you’re unsure about inviting a co-worker to grab some dinner after work, or going out for a run over the weekend, why not start small and ask them out to lunch? You don’t have a whole lot to lose and if you have a good time, it can become a regular thing and help you grow as co-workers.
4. Find A Common Interest:
For some people, it can be a little awkward to get to know a complete stranger. However, most of the people who we consider close friends were strangers to us at some point or another. It also possible to make this a little easier by focusing on an interest you both have in common. Perhaps you both own dogs, went to the same college, watch the same TV show, or have a child/grandchild in t-ball. Any common interest can be a good foundation for a positive relationship.
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Aim a Little Higher (or Lower):
Even though it might be easier to build a relationship with a co-worker who holds the same working status as you, it doesn’t mean you can’t try to build a relationship with a co-worker who outranks you – or even one you outrank – in the company. Mentoring relationships in the workplace benefit both parties and the company gains when more employees are engaged and supporting each other.
So, remember the good things about building a good relationship with your co-workers to make you work more easier to handle.