How To Build Positive Relationships With Colleagues

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How To Build Positive Relationships With Colleagues

09:00 26 August in Misc

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We spend a large proportion of our lives at work, which means the relationships we build and the allies we choose are crucial. Whether you like it or not, you have to spend a substantial amount of time with the colleagues you work closely with. The better a team gets on, the more productive and successful they will be. Work is far more enjoyable when you have good relationships with the people around you.

Your job satisfaction will be far higher if you manage to build strong working relationships. It can also have a big impact on your career progression and success. Here are some helpful tips on how to build positive relationships with your colleagues.

Be open and honest

One of the best things you can do if you want to develop positive relationships at work is to be open and honest. People will begin to trust you if they see you are being genuine. They are also more likely to respect you if you speak your mind (as long as you do it in a professional way). One of the most important aspects of any relationship is honest and open communication.

Be yourself

Your co-workers will know if you aren’t being yourself, especially if you appear to be putting on a bit of an act. There’s no need to be anything other than yourself. It’s better if your colleagues are able to get to know the real you, so don’t be afraid of being who you are both in and out of work.

Be social

Do your best to attend social gatherings and make an effort to occasionally go out for drinks with your colleagues. It’s beneficial to get to know people outside of the office. Many people will relax a bit more when they are out of the work environment, which means you can get to know them a bit better.

Be positive

People naturally gravitate towards positive personalities, especially in an office environment. Where possible, try not to be negative at work. The more positive you are, the more likely your colleagues will want to work with you on projects and support you when you need it. Positive people tend to have more friends, and positive office workers tend to have more allies.


Some people naturally prefer working on their own, rather than as part of a team. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t collaborate with colleagues on big projects. Try and collaborate with a few of your co-workers every so often and it will help you to build stronger relationships. You can each add something to the project and produce a better piece of work as a result. Make sure you always give credit where it’s due, and thank your colleagues for their work.

Help others

Another fantastic way of building strong working relationships is to simply help others when you can. A little bit of help can go a long way in the office. People will start to see you as someone they can rely on and they will be more likely to help you when you need it.

Show respect

If you want to be respected yourself, then you need to respect others. Treat your colleagues fairly and avoid doing anything that might be seen as disrespectful. Respect the company rules and office etiquette.

Be appreciative

A compliment can go a long way in the office, especially when it is deserved. Compliment people on their work occasionally and be supportive. They will soon start to notice and appreciate your positive feedback. Try and always speak positively of your colleagues and avoid harsh criticism.

Listen to your colleagues

The ability to listen is an extremely important skill, and one that many people actually find quite difficult. If people can see that you are listening, and taking on board what they are saying they will feel valued. Make an effort to practice active listening and try not to speak over other people in the office.

Kiri Nowak

Kiri Nowak
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