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How to Maintain Healthy Work Relationships

How to Maintain Healthy Work Relationships

It is unavoidable to have little squabbles and misunderstandings in the work environment and the relationship existing between co-workers largely influences their quality of work and output. It is therefore very important to be able to maintain healthy relationships with your colleagues and those above or even below your pay grade. Cultivating good working relationships involves knowing how and when to address people under different circumstances. Here are some tips:

Speak with respect

Even if it is the cleaner that does not handle her job properly, there are ways to speak without being insulting or patronizing. You need to learn how to speak to people in a kind way and pass the needed information. The work environment does not permit you to scream and shout even of you are the boss. It is a formal setting that demands that you respect people the same way you want to be respected.

Understand each individual

At work you meet a lot of people entrusted with different responsibilities, some of them are happy with their jobs while a larger percentage remains unsatisfied. To maintain healthy working relationships, you have to understand how to relate with each one of them. While some people respond well to kind words and gestures, other people prefer laid down rules and regulations. The better you understand the people you work with, the better your relationship with them.

Control your emotions

We are human beings and as such, we cannot help but feel certain emotions either at work or at home. The difference is that at work, you have to keep your emotions to yourself and not let them interfere with your quality of work. Anger, hatred, envy and malice are examples of emotions you must never show at work no matter how strongly you feel. Although love may or may not be allowed, you need to learn how to control your emotions so that they do not affect your work relationships.

Keep it neutral

Work relationships should not be like personal relationships which are prone to conflicts and misunderstandings. In the work environment, you need to keep it neutral and show little or no emotions at all. Just have a simple relationship with everyone, do not gossip or stir up trouble. The important thing is to do your work, talk normally with people and go home with an empty plate. This way, you do not have frictions or fights with any co-worker and all goes well.

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Jelifat Opoola

Opoola Jelifat is a young and passionate writer. She holds a B.Sc degree in Microbiology and enjoys reading, cooking and writing on real life issues. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree at the University of Ibadan. Contact her on, and via Twitter and facebook by clicking the icons below.

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