Career, group & executive coaching.
Presentations, workshops & training.
Free articles by the Dream Job Coach
Assessments, ebooks, media center, and more!
Meet Joel Garfinkle.
Contact the Dream Job Coach.
Visit the Dream Job Coaching home page.

Build Positive Work Relationships, Part 1 [Fulfillment@Work]

Fulfillment @ Work


   October 9, 2007
   ISSN: 1533-3906



Please forward this newsletter about building positive workplace relationships to your family, friends, and coworkers.

To subscribe to Fullfilment@Work, visit the Dream Job Coaching site.

I have completely revamped and upgraded my website. My goal is to provide useful, hands-on information and resources to help you with your career transition and to find the most fulfilling work. If you’re a returning visitor to my website, you’ll notice I’ve made a number of improvements to this site.


§         A brand new design and fresh look.

§         A redesigned format to make it easier for you to navigate.

§         Over 100+ articles, tips and valuable information.

§         Information about the variety of ways to sign-up and learn about my coaching services.

§         Five highly acclaimed books.

§         Free assessments to evaluate your current levels of satisfaction and identify the best approach to meet your specific needs.

§         List of the Web’s most useful resources that provide information about enhancing your career potential or job satisfaction.

§         Learn about how Joel can energize your keynotes, meetings, conventions and seminars with his compelling and inspirational speaking style.


Please don’t hesitate to contact me to learn more about how I can help you meet your personal and professional goals. Sincerely, Joel Garfinkle


By the way, if you don’t need help with finding a dream job and you are more interested in improving your current work situation, I recommend looking at my other website –

Dream Job Coaching

Garfinkle Executive Coaching


Time Management Mastery



Building Positive Relationships at Work

Building positive workplace relationships is vital for career success. Relationships can positively or negatively affect your satisfaction with the job, your ability to advance and gain recognition for your achievements. When you build positive relationships, you feel more comfortable with your interactions and less intimidated by others. You feel a closer bond to the people you spend the majority of your time working with.

However, for a lot of people, relationship building isn't natural or easy to do. Most refuse to admit this is a concern because it is such a basic, common sense concept. They assume they already know how to do it. Don't fall into that trap. Everyone - even the most outgoing, engaging personalities - can improve their skills in this critical area. The ten tips listed below are for anyone who wants to build positive workplace relationships.

Apply these tips to interactions with your boss, team members, project managers, senior management, vendors, clients, customers, direct reports and administrators.

1) Share more of yourself at meetings.
One of the best ways to build relationships is to let others know who you are. This can come by sharing your expertise, knowledge and personality at meetings. Other people will either get to know you, like you or want to hear more from you. They will find you more approachable and thus the chance of building relationships begins to occur. If you are fearful to share at meetings, think ahead of time what you want to say so that you are more prepared.

2) Speak positively about the people you work with, especially to your boss.
Get in the habit of speaking positively to others about the people who work with. Many times the information that gets shared (whether positive or negative) comes back to the person who is being discussed. People will enjoy hearing that you have said supportive things about them and will know that you are on their side. That will build trust. Be careful of the workplace gossip that is so prevalent and don't contribute to it.

3) Be supportive of other people's work.
Ask how you can get involved. This will form a closer connection because you are working directly with them to help them meet their goals. They will appreciate your support and get to know you better which is vital to creating a more connected working relationship.

4) Ask others to become involved in your projects or activities.
Don't be afraid to ask others for help and bring them onto your projects. The more they can participate in the activities you are working on, the better you get to know each other. You'll enjoy working with others in getting more things done.

5) Write thank you notes.
Write notes of appreciation to the people who are doing exemplary work, making positive contributions and going above the call of duty. These notes can be hard-written, sent via email or done by voice mail. Send them to people above you, below you or at the peer level. Colleagues like to be appreciated and will feel closer to you by having been noticed and thanked for their contributions.

Need more information on how to build positive relationships at work - see Part Two of this article in which we will highlight tips #6 through #10 on October 30th.


"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."

~ Albert Einstein

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."

~ Jim Ryun

"Management by objective works - if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don't."

~ Peter Drucker



Nationally published articles that you can FREELY use as content for your websites, newsletters, and publications.

Find Your Dream Job

Work, Business, and Executive Professionals

Return to top


* Executive Coaching
* Individual Coaching
* Group Coaching
* Keynote Speaking
* Workshops
* Job Searching Teleclasses

I've worked with creative people, entrepreneurs, high-tech and corporate professionals, and people in many other jobs to help them define and land their dream jobs or to find more satisfaction in their current jobs. For more information contact:

Dream Job Coaching ~ Joel Garfinkle ~ (510) 339-3201 Office

Return to top


You may reprint and forward the Fulfillment@Work newsletter as long as the following copyright notice and contact information is included:

Copyright 2007, Joel Garfinkle, all rights reserved.
The top online resource for creating fulfillment at work!
FREE Newsletter - Articles - FREE Assessments - Books
Contact Info: 510-339-3201 /


To subscribe to/unsubscribe from the Fulfillment@Work Newsletter, visit

or send a blank e-mail to:

Subscribe or Unsubscribe

Please ensure that your present "From" address is the address you want to cancel.

Return to top

Copyright 2007, Joel Garfinkle, All Rights Reserved ~ (510) 339-3201

Contact:    (510) 339-3201

Copyright ©1998-2006 Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching. All rights reserved.
Website designed by Docu-Type Administrative Services
and maintained by Three View Design