Everyone has their own role in the company so that building a good relationship with co-workers is very important. It is important for everyone to get along – not just for the sake of the work environment, but for the sake of the company and its success, too. But how do you build relationships with co-workers to begin with? Here are some tips I can give to you on how to get along with the co-workers.
Be Honest And Communicate
When it comes to building relationships with your co-workers, be open and honest. Having a social relationship and communicate that you want to get to know them better in order to work better as a team.
Some people see work as a place to show up, do what they are supposed to do, and go home. Others see it as a place to spend half of their waking life and an opportunity to build social relationships.
Sometimes being open and honest about building a relationship with your co-worker won’t get you the response you are looking for. However, don’t completely write-off someone who isn’t interested in building a relationship.
Even if they don’t want to engage and build a friendly or social relationship, you may end up excluding them or devaluing them, and that ends up creating a negative relationship and possibly hurting the company. Instead, be sure to keep them in the communication loop and still offer assistance and support to work-related tasks.
Some people might not know an appropriate way to build a good relationship with a fellow employee.
If you’re unsure about inviting a co-worker to grab some dinner after work, or go out for a run over the weekend, why not start small and ask them out to lunch? You don’t have a whole lot to lose and, if you have a good time, it can become a regular thing and help you grow as co-workers.
Find A Common Interest
For some, it can be a little awkward to get to know a complete stranger. At some point, most of the people who we consider close friends were strangers to us at one point. This can provide some relief if you are feeling uneasy about befriending a co-worker you don’t know.
Another way to make this a little easier is to focus on an interest you both have in common. Perhaps you both own dogs, went to the same college, watch the same TV show, or anything else. This common interest can be a good foundation for a positive relationship.
Don’t Be Afraid To Aim A Little Higher (Or Lower)
Though it might be easier to build a relationship with a co-worker who holds the same working status as you, it doesn’t mean you can’t try to build a relationship with a co-worker who outranks you – or even one you outrank – in the company.
Mentor relationships in the workplace benefit both parties, and the company gains when more employees are engaged and supporting each other.