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Workplaces are communities. Healthy relationships can be a source of energy, learning, and support. When they break down, they become sources of frustration that harm people and organizations.
When we notice some tension in your work relationships, it is better to reset the emotional tone rather than pulling away. Do this by bringing up positive memories with your colleague, which can strengthen your bond and counterbalance the negative feelings so you can express them effectively.
The purpose is to create a supportive environment where you can talk about the issues without creating further damage to your relationship.
Be willing to try new ways of interacting with each other, known as relational agility.
Don't put off a conversation for some ideal future time, when it can be more easily dealt with.
Take some time to cool down and plan the general outline of the outcome you desire. But then have the conversation, and make a plan to move on.
To distance yourself from the feeling, label it.
This allows you to see your thoughts and feelings for what they are, and not bury them or let them explode.
There is ongoing turbulence in the workplace due to the uncertainties provided by the new virus, resulting in a whole lot of people working from home. Normally the work-from-home policies are established in advance, and employees are trained for the same, but current circumstances are not allowing for any transition time.