How to Create Positive Relationships Between Your Coworkers

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Positive working relationships are imperative in any workplace. When coworkers get along and respect one another, they work well together and the office is that much more productive. Establishing and maintaining healthy relationships in the office requires effort and these tips can help anyone foster a positive relationship with the people they work with at their job.

Recognize a job well done

When people recognize the hard work their coworkers put into a job or a project, it makes their coworkers feel good. They feel appreciated and valued and that benefits everyone working in the office in numerous ways. The first is that it makes people continue to work hard so they can earn more appreciation. It also helps people realize their coworkers want them to have credit for their work rather than trying to take it for their own benefit.

Encourage teamwork

Collaboration is the best way to ensure people are given the opportunity to work together and appreciate what their coworkers bring to the table. Each person is different, and it’s one way to teach people to learn to appreciate the talents and skills everyone in the office has so that they can work together for more success.

Set goals

When an office sits down together and discusses their goals, they bring themselves closer together. Putting the entire office in a room to share their goals with one another helps everyone. When one person shares their goals, their coworkers can help them figure out how to achieve that goal, and the same goes for anyone who works in the office. Everyone is different, but they are working to achieve the same thing and motivation works no matter what your end goals are.

Create fun

The workplace is often serious and busy, and the demand to produce great work and make positive changes in the lives of everyone connected to the business is sometimes overwhelming. It’s easy to forget to have fun and focus on just getting the job done, but coworkers who have fun together are more likely to enjoy working with one another. Create time for employees to unwind and have fun, such as an office dinner party or quarterly party to celebrate a job well done.

Fostering a creative and happy workplace is as simple as taking a little time to make people feel good about their role in the company. Good manners, a happy work environment, and recognition when it’s warranted is all it takes to foster healthy relationships in your workplace.

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The Skill Most Professionals Lack: Communication

Technology has made it easier to connect with people and discuss business and current issues, but an important skill has suffered. That skill is communication. More and more people find genuine communication difficult since they’re used to using technology to talk with others and lack experience in solving issues. As a professional, it’s important to develop strong communication skills that you can use in your business ventures. Dealing with people is vital in any profession and it’s a skill employers find valuable and can make you stand out. You’re probably wondering how you can improve your communication skills, so read on for some tips to make your communication outstanding.

Know your point

Before you begin trying to convey an idea, make sure you know what your point is going to be. It’s common for people to begin speaking, stating facts, and offering their thoughts, but then trail off because they do not have a clear understanding of what they were trying to say. If you’re going into a meeting or having an important conversation, think about what your end goal is and what you would like to convey.

Gauge your audience

As you’re speaking, gauge your audience. Do they seem engaged in what you’re saying? Is your topic appropriate for the group you’re in? If it seems that no one is listening to what you’re saying, back off or approach the conversation in another way. Consider stopping and asking people for their input to give them a chance to speak.

Keep it short

No matter what you’re saying, if you’re attempting to communicate it to other people, do your best to keep it short, whether it’s a presentation or a speech. No one wants to listen to another person drone on for half an hour about something they may not care much about, so plan out what you’ll say beforehand and keep it as succinct as possible.

Know how to listen

While communication depends on what you say and how you conduct yourself, an awful lot also depends on knowing how to listen and engage with other people. If you’ve been speaking for a while, stop, and see what the other person has to say. It’s vital that you know when to be quiet and listen to others’ opinions or information on a topic. Make a point to sincerely listen to what they’re saying, even if it isn’t well-thought out or is difficult to understand. People greatly appreciate another person who listens well.

Ask questions

Finally, ask questions when you’re having a conversation with someone else. People like when others show interest in what they’re saying and the best way to do that is through thoughtful questions that relate to the topic at hand. As someone’s speaking, make a note of a point you might need clarification on or something you agree with and have similar experiences.