If you’re a full-time employee, you likely spend a lot of time with your coworkers. Maybe even more time than you spend with your own family and friends!

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Having positive relationships with people in your workplace can make the work day much better, and can increase your engagement and productivity!

Importance Of Workplace Relationships

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More Enjoyable Work Environment. Humans are, by nature, social beings. It's important to be around people you can talk to and trust, especially when you are around those people 8 or more hours per day and are working together towards commons goals.

Better Collaboration. When you have a positive relationship with others, it opens the door for better conversations. It can increase the likelihood that you will work well together and feel comfortable exploring different ideas.

Important for Career Development. When you have good work relationships, it increases your happiness at work, which leads to increased productivity. Being a productive worker who has positive relationships with others builds trust. Plus, when you’re on good terms with your leadership, it can open the doors to new opportunities.

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Having good workplace relationships only applies to those who work in-person. It doesn't matter for remote workers.

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5 Ways To Build Good Workplace Relationships

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  1. Be a good listener. Give the person you are having a conversation with your undivided attention.

  2. Socialize outside of the office. Interacting in a non-workplace environment helps people open up and relax.

  3. Be positive. Try not to complain too much.

  4. Tackle conflicts. Aim to solve problems as soon as possible.

  5. Be respectful. Respect your coworkers' views, even if you don't agree with them.

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If you don't take the time to form relationships with your coworkers, it may be harder to build trust, respect, and a sense of comfort with each other.

Think About It: What are at least 3 things you can do in the workplace to build relationships?

Share this Byte with your coworkers and work together to build positive relationships with each other!

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