According to Gallup research, people who have good relationships with their colleagues and business partners are more likely to be successful, productive and satisfied with their work. Therefore, effective communication in the workplace is beneficial not only to your career but also to your psychological well-being.
At the same time, building relationships at work can be difficult given that we usually don’t choose the people that we work with. Here are some tips from our Academy to be a better team player and a more powerful business influencer:
1. Develop trust and mutual respect. They are the basis of every good relationship, professional or otherwise, and allow us to create a safe and comfortable environment in the workplace. If your boss does not trust you, there is no guarantee that they will choose you for a promotion. Be open and honest in your actions and thoughts, avoid gossiping, do what you promised, and be responsible for your mistakes. Speak positively about your colleagues and help them. By doing so, you demonstrate to your coworkers that you can be counted on. Building respect with your colleagues, is reciprocal, and time is not wasted being suspicious and intriguing.
2. Become a team player. In Canada, teamwork is a key to professional success. Collaboration opens new and exciting opportunities, and keep in mind that groups always produce more than just the sum of its members. When working on a group project, you can use collective insights and creativity to find unexpected and effective solutions. Don’t be afraid to share and delegate power or to ask other people to do something important. Some individuals prefer to complete all important tasks themselves, even if they don’t have enough time and resources. It significantly reduces their efficiency and may influence the overall success of the project. Team work improves co-worker relations, creates inspiration and support amongst each other and generally helps to overcome challenges to achieve a common goal.
3. Pay attention to verbal and non-verbal signs. Communication skills, such as active listening, body language, and empathy, are crucial for a business relationship. They ideally supplement presentation and negotiation skills. Along with active listening, interpreting body language gives a lot of useful information that can be used for success. It reveals true the attitudes and intentions of the people that you interact with. Ask questions that give valuable information and that show you are interested in your partners and co-workers. Empathy is necessary in understanding people’s emotions. When you demonstrate that you know what your co workers are feeling, it strengthens the connection between you. Moreover, you can use appropriate nonverbal signals to make a first impression and to demonstrate that you are a confident leader who can influence people.
Building and maintaining positive business relationships increases your resources, boosts your productivity and makes your work more enjoyable and rewarding.