How to Build Positive Workplace Relationships

Positive interaction with your colleagues, supervisors, and subordinates will positively impact your job satisfaction, production levels, and overall well-being. It is not always easy to build positive relationships with people you may not interact with outside the workplace, but it can be done. Following are some tips that will help.

  1. Ask questions. This is a good way to initiate conversation as well as discover commonalities. It shows you are interested in the other person and allows the person to share information.
  2. Offer your help. When you get involved with a colleague’s project, you are showing you are interested, and working together will help you accomplish more.
  3. Participate in meetings. Sharing knowledge, experiences, and ideas at meetings will let others know more about you.
  4. Build trust by following through on promises. When someone asks you about something and you don’t know, be honest in your response, promise to find out the answer, then follow up on that promise.
  5. Beware of gossip. Don’t add to it, and if you know it is inaccurate, correct it. Show people you can be trusted to be fair and honest.
  6. Say thank you. When someone helps you, be appreciative of that help and thank them. Do this whether the person is your peer, your supervisor, or your subordinate. Acknowledgement of good work is always appreciated.
Author: Janie Sullivan

Janie Sullivan, MBA, MAEd, has been teaching adult learners for over 20 years. She has taught online over 15 years, specializing in writing, communications, and small business applications. Janie directs the Center for Writing Excellence where she offers writing, editing, and formatting services for writers. She has been published in several newspapers and magazines as well as multiple online sites. She teaches communication, business strategy, leadership, and management courses. Janie has published a book "Develop and Deliver an Online Class." This is the third book she has written about writing and teaching online. She also has published a novel and an anthology of short stories.

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