Part of being good at your job is being able to relate well to your colleagues – and building good professional relationships can not only improve your overall work satisfaction, but also make things run a lot more smoothly.
Which in turn, leades to higher productivity.
From good communication to more satisfying daily interactions, being on good terms with the people you spend 40 hours a week with is, according to tons of research, beneficial to all involved.
So given that, here are three ways you can build better relationships at work.
Whether or not they're your fault, being the person who constantly flags issues or problems without offering any substantial advice for how to fix them is not the best way to foster good working relationships.
Instead, be proactive with solving problems and if you need to raise an issue with someone, be ready with a suggestion on how it can be remedied, without it being a massive amount of work for them.
Don’t call unnecessary meetings
Raise your hand if you’ve ever silently cursed someone for calling an excessively long meeting about an issue that could just as easily have been solved over an email?
Time is a precious commodity – be smart about how you ask your co-workers to spend theirs.
Talk to the person, not to their role
While everyone is busy and it’s admirable to be efficient, don’t let personal niceties fall by the wayside in favour of getting something done more quickly.
After years of intensive analysis Google pinpointed being nice as the key to good team work.
Take the time to check in with your colleagues about their interests – remember details they mentioned about a hobby or family member, and make them feel heard as a person.
Studies show that the better your interpersonal relationships are at work, the more productive you are, so it’s worth taking the time to be friendly.