How to Build and Sustain Good Relationships in the Workplace


On average, we spend over half of our daily waking hours at work. Some of us even spend more time with our co-workers than we do with our own family and friends. Just as it is important to maintain and keep our personal relationships, it is vital to build and sustain good relationships in the workplace with our co-workers. Not only does it make going to work more pleasurable, but also increases your professional level of fulfillment. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to be best friends with everyone, but having a friendly and personable rapport with your colleagues can ultimately increase your workplace productivity, as it is easier to work with those with whom you have a good relationship. These tips will help in establishing better work relationships.

1. Practice common courtesy

As it has been said, “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.” Respect and courtesy towards others should be standard behavior in the workplace, regardless of role, rank, or reputation.

2. Be effective and purposeful in your communications

Don’t waste people’s time. Make sure you know what you want to say to someone and be clear and concise when discussing a topic. As a recipient, you should show interest and be engaged when someone is talking to you, instead of checking your email or browsing your computer.

3. Avoid gossip

Unfortunately, human nature has us wired to flirt with drama and bad habits. Do your best to not participate in negative behaviors we are prone to. The spreading of rumors cannot only hurt others’ reputations, but yours as well.

Remember to also be gracious, honest and helpful. People will want to be around you and enjoy working with you, increasing yours and their commitment to the job.


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