50 Ways to Stay Well #38 – Build a Better Relationship with Coworkers

You can’t choose your co-workers but you can control what kind of relationship you want to have with them. Psychologist and author Ron Friedman points out in his book, “The Best Place to Work,” that workplace friendships are one of the strongest predictors of productivity and success, according to research.

Think about it, if you spend eight hours per day, five days per week and take three weeks off per year for vacation, you spend approximately 1,960 hours per year with your coworkers. Having a solid relationship with your coworkers definitely makes your entire work experience more enjoyable.

Here are some great tips on building better relationships from The Everygirl.

  1. Work Hard

Start by making sure that your own job performance is up to par. Get your work done on time and respond promptly to co-workers.

  1. Be Helpful

Being helpful and conscientious instantly makes you more likable. So, offer to assist when your coworker is positively buried under work.

  1. Avoid Office Gossip

Falling into the office gossip trap is way too easy. In fact, at first glance, it might seem like a great way to actually solidify relationships in the workplace. After all, that person must really like you in order to take the time to approach you and gripe about your boss or another employee. But you don’t need me to tell you that office gossip always comes back to bite you. So, do your best to stay completely disengaged. After all, if the only things the office blabbermouth can think of to talk about is your boss’ bad haircut or your coworkers’ pending divorce, that’s probably not a relationship you want to have flourish anyway.

  1. Participate in Office Outings

Company events are an amazing chance to get to know your coworkers outside of the four walls of your office. So get out there and participate in the outings your organization puts together! You’ll get to connect with your coworkers on a different level—and you’ll probably be surprised at how much fun you end up having.

Hit a Wellness Lunch & Learn, go the Art Gallery’s social events, or sign up a team in the next Be(e) Amazing Race!

Having something to connect over—other than your shared hatred for expense reports—can build a stronger relationship.

  1. Find Common Ground

Most of your interactions likely revolve around work-related issues. While you don’t want to waste tons of work time gabbing about irrelevant subjects (it’s a surefire way to annoy your boss), finding different interests and passions that you share with your coworkers is still a great idea. Having something to connect over—other than your shared hatred for expense reports—can help to build a stronger relationship.

  1. Perform Random Acts of Kindness

Pick up an extra coffee for your desk mate on your way into the office or leave a snack in the break room. These are all small, easy to manage actions—but they’ll have a huge impact. Plus, it doesn’t take a genius to know that everybody loves the person who’s armed with free coffee and donuts.

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