“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat people – your family, friends, and co-workers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”
– Barbara Bush,
(Former First Lady, U.S.A)
Humans are by nature social beings. And when we consider to spend a third of our lives at work, it’s clear that good relationships with colleagues make our work more enjoyable. The more comfortable the employees are, the more secure they feel, the more they express their opinion, exchange ideas and accept new ideas with an open mind. This level of teamwork is important to accept change, create and innovate.
Partners, lenders, investors, buyers, sellers, contractors, attorneys, bosses, subordinates, colleagues — the list goes on and on. No matter to which organisation you belong, building strong relationships are a must for your success in any profession or business. In our own experiences, workplaces are not only a source of income, but also, are a source of learning and support with professional and personal growth. Any fracture in that workplace community relations, even just temporary can be trigger frustration that harm both individuals and organizations. If left unchecked, even a small fight can get out of control, which can lead to anger and resentment.
Effective Interpersonal Relationships Are Key to Success
A manager who worked in a company with 100 employees quickly built a reputation for not playing well with others. He often collected data to find fault, place blame, and make other employees look bad. He liked to identify problems but rarely suggested solutions.
When he announced that he was looking for new job, not a single employee suggested that the company should take steps to persuade him to stay. He had burned his all bridges along the way. And no one had any good words to say about him.
An effective interpersonal “professional” relationship is about honesty, transparency, respect, caring, cooperation, friendliness, and compassion. Competence, reliability, and mutual trust entails a good cooperation within organisation. Professionalism is not an excuse for silence, rudeness, hollow expressions, fake smiles, or lies. Creating a positive, empowering and motivating work environment depends on the ability of employees and the employer to have better verbal and non-verbal communication, keeping commitments, sharing credits for achievements, ideas and contributions, while avoiding playing blame games.
Friendship and Co-workers
Managing workplace relations and understanding them as a strategic part of decision-making process, provide benefits to both employees and organization. Workplace friendships have the ability increase job satisfaction, productivity and job commitment while decreasing stress and turnover. But there is also a need to understand the tight rope of relation between supervisor, subordinate, colleague and friendship.
According to a research conducted by Hilla Dotan, PhD, an Assistant Professor at Tel Aviv University, “Some workplace friendships can cause problems. For example, people who form friendships to advance their career, don’t work well in teams, while more genuine relationships those based on common interests and trust tend to improve workplace morale.”
Any good work relationship requires trust, respect, self-awareness, inclusion, and open communication. Good working relationships also give you freedom. Instead of spending time and energy on negative relationships, you can focus on opportunities, from winning new contracts to focusing on personal development. A strong professional circle will also help you develop your career and open up opportunities that might otherwise be overlooked.
Private and Professional Life
Stable employment, soaring life-style cost and household expenditure, harshest loan terms make job the highest priority. But lack of work-life balance can cause chronic stress, thereby linked to many psychological and physical health consequences such as hypertension, depression, anxiety, digestive troubles, chronic aches and pains and heart problems.
Personal life is as important as professional life. Private life outside your work gives you time to rest, relax, and recharge yourself for what is coming ahead. Your leisure time, your entertainment, your family time, and your health and fitness all work comprehensively to let you feel more connected to yourself. It is the balance of “Yin and Yang” that helps in being creative, productive and peaceful while engaging with your professional work.
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