Building Relationships

Building relationships at work

When you think of running an organization, many times we think about the ‘tasks’ that need to be completed like inventory management, bookkeeping, hiring and marketing administration. All these responsibilities are important to the smooth running of a business, but the key to lasting success in any level of any organization is building relationships. It’s about relationships at any level …with a manager, a co-worker, a supplier or a client. In order for your team to be successful and contribute to building the organization, you must both develop and nurture relationships.

Where we can struggle:

1. Day to Day Interactions:

People can fall down when it comes to building relationships with individuals that intersect in their day-to-day activities. We go to work and begin our day with the tasks we’re responsible for and assume that’s enough. For some, the ideal world would only require the simplicity of performing our tasks. However, when things go wrong, or you want to change, learn or grow in your career/role you need to have the relationships to connect you to the people and resources you will need. Understanding that every interaction is an opportunity for positive movement in your work/life, will help you make every interaction count.

2. Time and Energy:

It takes a concerted effort to give relationships the nurturing that’s needed. People become complacent when things are going well… and even when things are not going well and they just get used to things being that way. They forget to recognize and acknowledge those around them and take the time and energy needed even for the small things that can make a significant difference. Studies have found that when you feel the people around you genuinely care about your well-being, it’s directly related to your level of engagement or the willingness to go the extra mile. A simple thank you, remembering a birthday or making time for a coffee with someone can be all it takes.

3. Some People are harder than others:

Some relationships are particularly harder to nurture than others. This can be a result of past conflict, communication issues, personality differences or team dynamics. Trying to see the other’s perspective is an important step in overcoming these barriers. Acknowledging your own role in the difficulties is also a necessary step. A relationship involves two people and both play a role in it’s success. Get clarity around what is going can in the environment both at work and outside of work can help. Maybe approaching the situation with a simple “You don’t seem to be yourself today, is there anything I can do to help” is all that’s needed.

At the end of the day, you never know when you may need someone’s help, a recommendation, want to make a change or just want a listening ear. Having good relationships makes you feel good and it only makes sense that when you feel good you’re happier at work and more productive. Nurture your good relationships and extend an olive branch to ones that aren’t as good. The benefits will far outweigh the time and effort invested.

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