Over the course of your career, it’s likely you will work alongside a variety of people. The way you manage those interpersonal relationships can have a big impact on your success at work.
It makes sense to build a positive relationship with your manager. But you also need to demonstrate that you are a team player, and this calls for developing trust, communication and a sense of collaboration with your co-workers.
The value of interpersonal relationships cannot be overlooked as part of your career plan, so here’s some advice on what you can do to nurture healthy working relationships.
Why do interpersonal relationships at work matter?
Modern workplaces are filled with a mix of different types of people, who each bring their own unique blend of skills, experience and qualifications to a company.
You need to be able to work comfortably and confidently with all of these colleagues, because by working as a team, you can achieve far more than you will individually. This makes interpersonal relationships integral to the success of your company – and your own career.
Compromise can be essential
You’re going to be spending a lot of time with your work colleagues, and it’s likely you won’t always agree with the people around you. Nor can you expect everything to be done the way you would like.
That makes compromise an essential factor to nurture successful interpersonal relationships. A little give and take can create a more harmonious environment and underpin greater productivity between you and your team members.
Good communication makes for healthy relationships
Communication is a key ingredient of healthy interpersonal relationships. This makes it critical to keep the lines of communication open. Take the time to clearly explain to co-workers what you expect of them. Similarly, if you don’t understand something your manager asks you to do, be sure to ask for clarification.
Communication can also take the form of constructive feedback between colleagues, and done correctly, this can help everyone lift their game. Be prepared to listen to, and act on feedback, and offer timely praise for colleagues when you believe they have done a good job.
Support your team members
Interpersonal relationships thrive on support – after all, you are working as a team to help the company achieve its goals. Simple steps such as offering a helping hand to a co-worker who is struggling to meet a deadline, can go a long way to deepening the relationships you have among your team members.
Take a look below for more ideas on managing interpersonal relationships. They could help to establish your reputation as a dependable and supportive co-worker.
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If you are new to the workforce, it’s likely those first few weeks on the job will involve a steep learning curve. Or you may be a seasoned employee, who has been assigned the task of integrating a newcomer into the company team. Either way, it is important to understand the ground rules at an early stage and establish your reputation as a productive member of the team.
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Actions speak louder than words, and poor workplace behaviour can leave you with a bad reputation even if the quality of your work is high. Poor behavior can be anything from continually blaming others for your own poor performance, through to high levels of absenteeism. No matter how much others may exhibit poor behaviour, be sure to maintain high professional standards yourself.
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