By Victoria Whitsett
Building and maintaining relationships in the work place can be just as important as building and maintaining the relationships with loves ones. If you have full-time job you spend over 160 hours a month with your coworkers, so it’s important to foster positive relationships with them – as these relationships can make or break your workplace success. Keep in mind, when it comes to being successful it’s not who you know but who knows you!
Here are my tips for nurturing professional relationships:
1. Building Relationships at Work
- Commit to being social: Don’t let negative past experiences with coworkers deter you from engaging. Be completely committed to fostering strong relationships. If you’re not committed it will show in your body language.
- Be yourself: To be social with coworkers, you have to be your absolute true self. Putting a false representative in relationships can lead to awkward interactions.
- Temper your expectations: While coworkers can turn out to be amazing friends and confidants, don’t expect go into every relationship expecting to find your work bff. Instead, keep an open mind and be patient. Your strong workplace relationships are just around the corner!
2. Maintaining The Relationship In The Work Place
- Stay professional: Being your true self doesn’t mean sharing all of the intimate details of your personal life. While disclosing some personal details will strengthen your work relationship, steer clear of over sharing.
- Practice forgiveness: A minor disagreement or an uncomfortable exchange may go too far without the ability to forgive. We have to learn to overlook personality differences and forgive minor nuisances in order to keep a healthy working environment. We also have to understand that it’s not always about us, we have to do what’s best for the team. It’s ok to agree to disagree.
3. Maintaining The Relationship Outside Of The Workplace
- Hang Out With Your Coworkers: Going out to the bar may not be your thing but every now again you should always make a point to gather with coworkers outside of the workplace. Be careful of always having an excuse why you can’t attend, because your coworkers may feel like you’re not a part of the team.
- Keep In Touch: Your network is your net worth, so be sure to keep in touch with your coworkers even when you find yourselves working in different places. A simple email to say hello every few months or once a year is typically how most business professional keep in touch. If you’re connected on social media, you can keep in touch simply by commenting on, sharing, or liking some of their posts.