Building Positive Relationships at Work (Part 2)
We continue with step six:
6) Initiate conversations by asking questions.
When we first meet someone it can be a bit intimating. We often don't
know what to say or how to say it. Asking questions is a great way for
you to listen and let the other person share. They will feel closer to
you when they have shared about themselves and you demonstrate you're
interested in what they have to say. Then share something about yourself
so the relationship becomes a two-way interaction that can help establish
7) Initiate repeated interactions and communications.
An important part to building relationships is to continue interacting
with the person you have gotten to know. As you get to know each other
better, personally and professionally, you establish a closer connection
that can greatly impact your satisfaction.
8) Participate in activities with others that don't
As you get to know someone, you might find similar interests that may
warrant an outside the work activity. This can greatly impact relationships
because you are beginning the process toward friendship. Go out to lunch
together during the work day or do things in the evenings or weekends.
If you are married, you can visit with other couples to establish more
connection at work.
9) Share information.
The information you share can be directly related to their work or it
can be about a subject you know they will enjoy reading. You are thinking
of them and helping them with the right information or content.
10) Introduce yourself at social work events.
Social events like lunches/dinners with colleagues, retreats, conferences
and holiday parties are good places to interact in an informal setting.
If you can reach out and introduce yourself to some of the people who
you work with or who you want to know better, you'll find they are more
inclined to let down their guard. It will be easier for you to get to
know them and for you to share about who you are.
Building positive relationships often provides increased
resources to help you get your job done and to be more efficient. You'll
enjoy greater satisfaction at work
and so will those around you.