People 01.02.2017 WorkPlace Relationships Workplace relationships are the relationships among individuals working in any organization or a company. They play an important role both for the individuals as well as the organizations, as they directly affect a worker’s ability and his success rate, and thus affecting the organization’s overall efficiency. They can be both positive and negative and their absence can even cause feelings of loneliness and social isolation among workers. There are different kinds of relationships among workers including- Friendship, this is the most common relationship among workers and it works as a built-in support system for them. It leads to satisfied and committed employees, enhanced productivity etc. as well as it can also lead to competition, envy, gossip and distraction from work. Superior-subordinate relationships, the relationship between seniors or bosses with their juniors. Romantic relationships, between workers of the opposite sex which may develop between them over time. Family Relationships, these are generally seen in family businesses. They play an important role when it comes to the succession of power in the organization. Here are 5 tips which one can implement in order to improve his/her workplace relationships- • Trust is something which strengthens the roots of any relationship, and the same goes for workplace relationships also, if your co-workers have thrust upon you, you will eventually be having good relations with them. However, winning people’s trust is not an easy task, it builds up eventually over time if one shows consistency in his words and actions. People will trust you more and be more connected to you if you are being able to understand their feelings i.e. you empathize well with them, even if you disagree with them sometimes. Therefore, connect more with people, understand their feelings, gain their trust to build better relationships. • Most of the people speak more and listen less, and to develop good communication skills one has to be a good listener first. Listening is an art and one who masters it can always find a way to manage conflicting situations.it is not just about nodding at the right time, one has to actively listen, ask questions if required and respond back to people once they have finished speaking. Not just soft skills, use people skills too such as inflict excitement, avoid people who shut down excitement or induce negative vibes, also don’t be one of them. Learn to say no to people whenever required. • One should always remember to be professional at his workplace. Developing the habit of always being punctual, completing the task diligently and meeting the deadlines and keeping your commitments. All this will work in your favour, it will create a better image of yours among your coworkers. Also, one should limit the amount of personal information to be shared with the coworkers, it is okay to share a chuckle, but keep your conversation professional. Do not use the nickname for your coworkers. Learn to keep private information outside the workplace. • Workplace gossip is a form of informal communication at the workplace which is mainly focused on private or personal matters of others. One should not pay attention to it and always try to avoid it as it can cause loss of productivity and effectiveness, loss of trust among people as they may get hurt, they may change their perceptions and eventually, the internal relationships among them get affected. Gossip will ultimately land you in trouble, it may even erode your credibility. Many organization even have policies in order to avoid gossiping among their employees. Instead of gossiping about people behind their back one should always support them and show appreciation to their work to build better relationships. • Whenever it comes to workplace conflicts, always try to stay calm and neutral. One must always avoid taking sides and should remain unbiased, as by taking sides one may end up in making enemies which is not good for anyone. Also one should not be partial with people. If you find yourself managing a friend, do not give him special treatment than the rest of the team. Treat him with the same level of respect with which you treat everyone else in the team.