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How to build good relationships at the workplace?

Building good relationship at the workplace is key to achieve our personal and organizational goals. The most important thing that a human craves in this world is the feeling of being important. ‘I am important and I have a significant impact on my family, society, at the workplace or in this world’, this feeling keeps a person engaged with many other people. At the workplace, people are interacting one-third part of their daily time with coworkers. So their relations with others at the workplace have a big impact on psychology and well-being. The better and in control you are at the workplace, the healthier your personal life becomes and happier your family life is.

If not handled properly, workplace issues can spread problems into social and family life which may destroy all relations at home and community.

As human needs fresh air to breathe, they need good friends for their survival on the earth and so in any organizations or society.

Moral support at the workplace can boost employee’s energy and can produce superfluous results than if the employee left alone without any support.

Give importance to others.

Respect other coworker’s opinions. Encourage them to talk about themselves, People need someone to listen to them. Instead of you talk more, listen to them. It gives big relief to employees when somebody in an organization listens to them. Most of the time manager’s try to put their opinion on assistants without giving them any freedom to apply any ideas or communicate their opinions. When given the chance, employees feel more comfortable and do work in more harmony than in a controlled environment.

Always appreciate them on their achievements. I know many of the employees can’t produce good results because their manager never appreciates their efforts, neither in front of other coworkers nor in their cabin as a personal note. When employees are working hard to achieve goals and if they are not appreciated for their inputs, it creates a negative impact on their psychology. When negativity surrounds someone, the ability to produce results reduces.

If you sincerely make people realize that they are important, it is easiest way to win their hearts.

Don’t always be a speaker, be a listener most of the time.

People prefer to make relations with good listeners than a good speaker. One of my colleagues, who had a tremendous amount of pressure due to his environment of the job. Whenever I met him, he was in stress due to work pressure. Once, I requested him to come to my office for just having a talk. Instead of talking, I just listened to his story. At the end of the meeting, he felt so much relief. When he left, his face was shiny, he told me he can handle the work pressure in a better way.

What did I do to this person? Nothing, I just listened to him. He was working for another dept. and there was nothing much I could do to help him.  When he brought all his stress out of his mind through his conversation with me, he felt relaxed. After that, he came to meet me several times. Whenever he felt stressed, he came to talk to me. At the end of the discussion he left my office with a smiling face.

Trust employee’s abilities.

When trusted, employees, put more effort to accomplish a task. Everyone learns from own experiences. The more they work in a particular environment, the more they become acquainted with the atmosphere. The more they are familiar with the atmosphere, the bigger they achieve control over their jobs. Trust brings more efficiency, more synergy and passion to work together. Discuss with them the desired results. Let them put their thoughts on how to achieve the tasks which benefit employees and the company. If you involve them in the discussion, it gives them the ability to think like an owner. They get more sense of authority, which in return helps both.

Let employees feel, they are part of decision making and give value to their ideas. When you engage them and let them feel that they are part of decision making, profit, and productivity increases. Many Organization involves all levels of their departments and employees in making vision and mission statements of their company. It helps people to be involved and make them feel responsible to achieve the company’s long term goals.

Stop complaining, it never helps.

Always discuss challenges with coworkers and give your opinion about how to handle them. Ask for their inputs, which will make them feel comfortable in handling the situation.

In my early career, I used to bring all the challenges to my boss. I used to complain about all the problems that could possibly limit the achievements. I thought, he is not aware of day to day problems. Later I realized, he was well aware of the situations. All he wanted was, someone to take charge and start fixing those issues. I learned it and stopped complaining, rather I took the approach of discussing the possible approach to fix those issues.

If you keep complaining from time to time about people, events, and situations in the company, you will be the most disliked person in the organization.

Talk to people about what they are interested in.

When you talk to someone about their interest, they may give you more time in return and it will show greater payoffs to both of you. No matter how tight the person’s schedule is, begin a meeting with talking about the interest of the person whom you are meeting with. It brings harmony between both of you. In most of the occasions person will give you more time for the meeting. When your conversation starts good, greater the chance, you end up with a happy meeting concludes. Though this technique gives benefits to all employees, it can help the sales team to achieve their goals easily.

Always Smile.

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

It not only improves your face value, but it also improves your worth too. There are many personal and social benefits of smiling. Smile makes you feel relaxed, improves the immune system, boost your overall health, and gives a good gesture to the person whom you are smiling at. Also, it has bigger impact on your relations with others too. Smiling gives a signal of having a clean and pure heart toward people you smile, which in return gives a positive response from others. A sincere smile can be a good start for any meeting with coworkers. Smiling not only has the influence to boost your mood, but it can also change other people’s attitudes towards you and make relations happier.

The magic in your smile is greatly described at Psychology Today

“Happiness at work is closely correlated with greater performance and productivity as well as greater energy, better reviews, faster promotion, higher income, better health and increased happiness with life. So it’s good for organizations and individuals, too.”

Jessica Pryce-Jones, author of Happiness at Work

Never hurt a person’s ego.

When you say “You are wrong” to any person, it hurts his or her ego. It strips off of a person’s self-dignity. You will find that this act of yours will never make them welcome you and in results, they will not support your cause to achieve the goals willingly. Instead, they will see every possibility to bring obstacles in the path as much as possible.

Respect their opinions, ask them about what made them take certain decisions or ask about reasons for their actions? How it can help to achieve a win-win situation? It will open a discussion channel, which in support open a new door for understanding their point of view and take better measures to handle the situation. See things from another person’s point of view, and you will get his or her cooperation in return.

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