The Importance of Building Relationships in the Work Place


Studies show that having positive relationships in the work place results in people being more engaged and more satisfied with their jobs. Naturally, we as human beings are social creatures. We interact and communicate amongst ourselves daily and because of this, we should all learn how to grow healthy relationships with one another. Obviously you may not get along with each person, but its nice to try and avoid burning bridges.

Building positive relationships is not only important for your current work place, but also for when you are looking to grow your career and move to a higher position or a different employer. No matter if you work in a corporate office or a department store, you never know how much pull the manager of women’s shoes could have with your progression in that company. You will always need a reference; someone who can vouch for your skills and work ethic and even your character, but if you don’t have those connections that reference could be hard to find. Don’t just build relationships with your co-workers either. Its great to also connect with your peers, professors, and people who are in your professional circle. Networking is key here.

Here are some tips that could help with building these relationships:

  1. Have a positive attitude towards everyone you encounter and show your appreciation.
  2. Listen actively when communicating with others.
  3. Avoid gossiping.
  4. Set boundaries in each relationship.

Each relationship is different and some may require more work than others, based on the relationship needs. Relationships are give and take, and the more you put into something the more you’ll get out of it!