Genuine relationships among your co-workers is a crucial step to finding success at work. No one can make it to the top without being comfortable with those around them. When you feel valued, accepted and uplifted at work, your job becomes more rewarding and less stressful. You’ll learn more, be more productive and even be more likely to remain with that organization for a long period of time. Here are seven ways to establish quality connections in the workplace.
Mindfulness is a big buzzword right now, but it’s crucial when talking about interpersonal relationships. Yes, we’re all distracted—by our work responsibilities, our personal lives, our cellphones, even by current events—but pay attention to those interactions with your co-workers. Take an extra moment to listen to concerns and advice from those around you, so they feel important and appreciated. Plus, you never know when their words might have a huge affect on your productivity or quality of work.
People can always tell when someone’s being fake or insincere, so be authentic. If you force a false interaction, people will mistrust it and be suspicious of your true intentions. So be honest and positive. Affirm what people say, show empathy and try to understand situations through the eyes of another person.
Effective listening is the most important part of communication. Instead we zone out or simply wait for our turn to speak. But if you’re truly listening, mindfully, you might find the other person’s words are more important than your upcoming jibber jabber. To show you’re listening and comprehending, paraphrase what the person has just said. Not only does this give them a chance to correct you if you’ve misunderstood, but if your summary was correct, then they feel validated and respected. This is especially helpful when you receive feedback from a supervisor, which they’re offering you because they want you to improve.
Show you trust other people by delegating important tasks, sharing resources, consulting them for ideas, and asking for feedback. Avoid drastic swings in mood or energy levels, so people know what to expect from you each day. Share things about yourself—personal interests, passions or facts about your family and friends. Don’t do it in a way that dominates conversations, but do it so you’re personable, or even vulnerable. It’s a great chance to continue to build trust and allows people to feel comfortable to share some of their own lives. Start there, and eventually, people will be sharing constructive ideas for growth and innovation, as well.
Be upbeat, responsive and engaged in your interactions. Your energy and enthusiasm are contagious, so initiate conversations and open the flow of dialogue and ideas. Start with personal exchanges and transform them into rich, meaningful interactions that will boost your productivity and maybe even help advance your career.
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