The workplace is not just a stressful one because of the pressures and expectations at work, but also because of the relationships. Sometimes, what determines why people leave or stay in a company is the relationships that they have built inside. It affects all aspects of a person’s well-being, including their physical, emotional, mental, and psychological wellness. This is the reason why, according to therapists, all levels of interpersonal relationships at work are very crucial.
Here are five, among the many, ways for you to build healthy and professional relationships at work:
Develop Your Emotional Intelligence
More than mental knowledge, people now have come to realize, emotional intelligence is vital to develop healthy relationships at work. Emotional intelligence means that you are self-aware. You know your emotions, recognize your triggers, and manage your limitations properly. It also means that you can empathize with others. You can put yourself in the shoes of others and understand how they would feel in their situation.
Emotional intelligence is essential because it makes work relationships human-like instead of being purely transactional. It draws people towards you because they can see that you value them.
Listen Actively And Intentionally
The problem in the workplace is too often, people are given a chance to be heard, but listen. To listen actively means that you give your 100% attention while to the person talking. To do that, you need to have an open mind as to what other people will say. As a result of actively listening, you give useful feedback and not just a passive nod. Meanwhile, to listen intently means you willingly make way to hear other people. You initiate questioning or dig deeper into details to understand what others are thinking about.
It means that active and intentional listening are just manifestations of your inherent desire to understand other people. It tells them that you do care about their thoughts and not just your ideas.
Be Humble And Grateful
The workplace is an area of growth and change. Sooner or later, you may find yourself in a more pleasant place than you were before. In times like this, remember to be humble. Never take your achievements to your head to the point that you become too proud. Being overly proud one of the many ways to quickly destroy relationships. Aside from being humble, be thankful. Never put down or speak negatively about the people who helped you work your way up the corporate ladder.
High positions easily lure people into boasting. Do not fall into this trap. Being too proud can significantly affect relationships between the team you are leading and other colleagues. Always remember that fame and glory will soon fade, but healthy relationships that bring you peace of mind are irreplaceable.
Understand People’s Differences
People at work necessarily have different interests in mind. As a result, there will always be disagreement in one area or another. It is normal, and instead, ineradicable, part of working with a group of people. The key, therefore, is to understand and accept people’s differing opinions. Just because someone disagrees with you does not mean that they are wrong. It is a false dichotomy to think when two parties disagree, one is right and the other is wrong. There could have just been a difference in points of view.
It is always best to settle differences half-way through compromise. However, if it remains to be a deadlock, people can always agree to disagree and then escalate the matter to a higher authority that could impartially decide.
Be Transparent And Avoid Gossip
Healthy relationships do not mean that you are always having a good time. It also means that you can argue and disagree, but still find a way to settle your issues. Amid all these relational concerns, remember to be honest. Never put a face in front of someone and suddenly change the look when in front of another. Be transparent in your dealings and own up to your mistakes when criticized. Be accountable.
Moreso, avoid gossip. Do not be a conduit of lies and fake news. When faced with disagreement, coordinate with all concerned members and talk it down properly in a professional meeting. Anything less than that would always backfire.
Especially with the changing demographics of millennials slowly comprising a large part of our workforce, healthy relationships at work are becoming more and more of a necessity. A lot of people nowadays cannot withstand staying in a company with a toxic interpersonal environment, whether it be towards their boss or their colleagues. As such, actively taking part in building healthy workplace relationships should be everyone’s priority.