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Building Great Work Relationships: Making Work Enjoyable and Productive

How to Build Good Work Relationships

How to Build Good Work Relationships
  • Develop your people skills.
  • Identify your relationship needs.
  • Schedule time to build relationships.
  • Focus on your Emotional Intelligence.
  • Appreciate others.
  • Be positive.
  • Manage your boundaries.
  • Avoid gossiping.
  • Listen actively.

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Benefits of good work relationships

  • our work is more enjoyable
  • people are more likely to go along with changes that we want to implement
  • they're necessary if we hope to develop our careers
  • instead of spending time and energy overcoming the problems associated with negative relationships, we can focus on opportunities.

Good work relationships

There are several characteristics that make up good, healthy working relationships:

  • Trust
  • Mutual respect
  • Taking responsibility for your words and actions.
  • Welcoming diversity
  • Open honest communication 

How to Build Good Work Relationships

  • Develop your people skills.
  • Identify your relationship needs.
  • Schedule time to build relationships.
  • Focus on your Emotional Intelligence.
  • Appreciate others.
  • Be positive.
  • Manage your boundaries.
  • Avoid gossiping.
  • Listen actively.

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