How to improve work relationships?

posted 3 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
906 posts
Busy bee

I don’t have much advice for you but my thing would be to treat your coworkers with respect, defend your coworkers when needed with a customer, don’t bash your coworkers to other emoployees or your supervisiors, if you have a problem with a coworker talk to them themselves first before talking to your supervisor. 

Post # 4
4576 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My best advice is to speak only when necessary. That sounds extreme, but rarely will you hear someone hate you for saying too little. It’s usually the office gossips, assholes and clowns that everyone secretly (or not so secretly) cannot stand.

My interactions can be summed up in “hello”/”goodbye”/”how are you”, “what do you need for the potluck?” and “I have a quick question.”

Post # 5
2627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Here are my “tricks”

  • positivity. You dont want to be the person that is eternally optimistic and skipping, but refrain from joining in on the office gossip or complaining about the water fountain or projects… even if others are. Negativity is often the most annoying trait about coworkers. (actually this was just on the Today Show this morning)

  • Say Hello and Goodbye– When you arrive and leave. As you walk by make your greeting or goodbye. Especially to your boss. Dont go out of your way everyday but make sure you do it to the people you see. If youve been working closely with someone on a project that day seek them out letting them know you are leaving and to send you an email if they need something and youll get to it first thing in the AM.

  • Be a team player- This can be as simple as once a month bringing in some donuts. Offer to help someone unpack the copy paper if you see them doing it. IT doesnt have to be momentous “Ill lead this project” type of actions. Its small items that add up.

  • Smile– Try not to have a sad or super serious face just walking down the hallway. Say Hi. You want to be seen as friendly and approachable. And making sure your face is not set in an automatic frown because youre thinking of your dog peeing on your floor will go a long way.

  • Initiate Socially-  Send an email out to your coworkers suggesting a lunch out together. Or cocktails. Something that makes sense for your office.  Or if someone suggests a social event, dont say no.

Post # 6
2627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999


Post # 7
1552 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

Fully agree with “TheMeers” post above.  I think that answering email quickly, being smiley/nice with greetings and trying to remember something about your coworkers can go a long way.  Also, in collaborative environments – i think its important to give people the benefit of the doubt (ie: don’t assume that someone is wrong first, until they are proven right)… also encouragement and saying “good job” can really help in collabortive environments. 

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