We spend a large part of our lives working with people as professionals. Close work friendships boost employee satisfaction by 50%. And people with a best friend at work are 7x more likely to engage fully in their work. Besides, you will be more productive if you are happy at your workplace.
Hence, it is wise to build good work relationships with your bosses, colleagues and even business associates. We share some tips on how you can build good work relationships at your workplace and create an amicable environment at work.
Greet your colleagues with a smile, friendly nod or a quick “hi” when you arrive at the office or when they approach you for work assignments. A smile brightens the day.
Offer to Help
If possible, offer to help lighten your co-worker’s workload without affecting your own responsibilities. Sometimes, a colleague just needs to bounce ideas off you or have a listening ear to offload some of the work stress.
Show that you care
Celebrate significant events that are meaningful to your colleagues, for example, their birthdays, anniversaries, the birth of a child or work milestones. Offer your congratulations if you cannot attend or celebrate in person. Be genuine in your happiness for your colleagues’ triumphs at work be it closing a big sale or being promoted to a new position.
Admit your mistakes
Mistakes at work are inevitable. We are all human beings after all. When you make a mistake, apologize and take responsibility for it, especially if it inconveniences someone else. And try to make up for it by helping to resolve the mistake. Be kind and forgiving when others make mistakes.