Working for 40 hours a week means you will be spending a good amount of time with your colleagues. In the work setting, having to interact with your colleagues is almost close to unavoidable. When you spend a lot of time with people, it helps to build good relationships with them to foster a pleasant work environment.
Furthermore, aside from having a pleasant work environment and building your overall happiness, getting along well with your colleagues can mean an increase in your satisfaction as an employee as well as your productivity.
Aside from this, by building good relationships in the workplace, you can reduce your job-related stress as well as improve your overall emotional, mental, and even physical health. This is because knowing that you have friends to turn to leads to knowing that you have people that can offer their help when you need it.
Another important benefit of getting along with your colleagues is that it gives you multiple opportunities to be able to connect with people and build a strong sense of camaraderie within your work environment.
However, if you feel as though you’re lacking in this area, there are strategies you can use to build an excellent relationship with your colleagues. In this article, we will tackle ways on how you can improve your relationship with your peers in the office an create a pleasant work environment.
Whatever field you are working in, as long as you are working with other people or in a team, you will be pleased with the many benefits of building good relationships with your colleagues.
We have collated 10 proven tips for you to be able to start working on getting along with your colleagues.
1. Work from the beginning
It is essential that you start building your relationships with your coworkers from the beginning. This means that on the very first day of your job you should be working towards getting along with your colleagues. While we understand the importance of focusing on learning the ropes as a newbie in your job, it is also important that you don’t neglect meeting and talking to your colleagues.
2. Welcome the newbies
We know that feeling of starting a new job. There is anxiety that comes with being in a new place with new people. Furthermore, we understand that everyone had to go through this as a newbie and that includes even yourself. This is why we need to make new employees feel welcome. Furthermore, in a work setting with already established relationships, we must make sure to be inclusive with the new employees. When you do this, you can have the chance to get to know them better and make their transition into their work-life so much easier and enjoyable.
3. Make time to learn about your colleagues
Taking the time to learn about your colleagues as well as showing genuine interest for them can mean the blossoming of your social relationships at work. When you display genuine interest for your colleagues you are also showing your openness to build friendships with them. Furthermore, by doing this, you will have a way to know if you are compatible with your colleagues.
4. Respect your colleagues
An important aspect of cultivating good relationships with your colleagues is a healthy dose of respect. By showing respect to your colleagues, you are building positive relationships and a healthy environment where you can work well together. While we understand that you will not necessarily get along with all of your co-workers, showing respect still helps with showing your appreciation for them and their work. Furthermore, it is important to still have a relationship founded on respect even with people you don’t particularly like. This is because at the end of the day (or the work hour) they are still your colleagues and you will still need to work with them.
5. Show that your doors are always open
Showing that you are approachable helps a lot in improving your work relationships. When we say that you need to have your doors always open, we mean it both figuratively and literally. If you are working in a closed office, keeping your door open sends the message to your colleagues that you are available. When your colleagues know that they can approach you, you are letting them know that you are open to talk to them about any problems they may have. Furthermore, by doing this, you are also showing your willingness to lend a helping hand.
6. Try to work with different teams
If it is possible in your work setting, you can try to work with other teams aside from your own team. There are times when we get stuck in the same group of people for a long time and that is specifically the case if you have to work in a team that never changes. However, in order to grow our horizons and expand our network in the office, we need to interact with other teams as well. By working with other teams, you will have the chance to meet new people and possibly make new friends.
7. Don’t overshare
Working towards openness and honesty in the workplace is a very important aspect of getting along well with your colleagues. However, there are boundaries you should not cross and this means you need to avoid oversharing. Most likely, if you are just starting out on building relationships, your colleagues won’t necessarily appreciate discussing overly personal matters. It helps greatly to keep your conversations light and positive if you are still not that close with a colleague. By doing this, you can build both a professional and friendly relationship with your co-workers.
8. Prioritize getting work done
An important aspect of getting along with your colleagues is making sure that you actually get your work done. This is because when you spend too much time talking and socializing with your colleagues, it becomes harder to meet your tasks and goals. When this happens, chances are your colleagues will have to step up and take on more work to make up for the tasks you were unable to complete. Most likely, your colleagues will not appreciate having to pick you up for slacking off. The key is to balance both your time socializing in the workplace and getting actual work done.
9. Implement proper work etiquette
Practicing proper work etiquette goes a long way and even promotes positive relationships with your colleagues. Behaviors such as showing early or on time, keeping your phone on silent, practicing good email etiquette, and using appropriate language in the office are just some that can help you implement proper work etiquette.
10. Positive interactions are key
When you keep your conversations and interactions with your colleagues in a positive manner, you can both improve your work relations as well as improve the overall office morale. When you avoid gossiping and conversing negatively, you are building a positive environment that encourages your colleagues to want to interact and connect with you. What this means is that, while it is very tempting, you should avoid complaining or talking negatively about your colleagues and supervisors.