Where you draw your line: Work vs Per­sonal re­la­tion­ships

Youth Street News - - Opinion - Shim­myrathor

While many of us get dragged into the longer-time­line of the work en­vi­ron­ment, we tend to for­get how we be­have or mis­un­der­stand the ges­tures of some­one at the work­place. It is there­fore im­por­tant to re­mind our­selves that the main dif­fer­ence be­tween work­ing and per­sonal re­la­tion­ships is the en­vi­ron­ment in which the re­la­tion­ship be­gins. Man is a so­cial an­i­mal and loves to make re­la­tions in all sit­u­a­tions of life. This is true both at home as well as at work­place. With­out re­la­tions, it is hard to imag­ine our ex­is­tence. We are a fa­ther, brother, hus­band, boss, em­ployee, and much more in a fam­ily or at work. The mo­ment we are born, we find our­selves in a web of re­la­tion­ships whether or not we like it. How­ever, the re­la­tion­ships at work are to­tally dif­fer­ent from per­sonal

re­la­tion­ships. This ar­ti­cle at­tempts to high­light these dif­fer­ences so as to en­able read­ers to try to keep re­la­tion­ships at both places happy and man­age­able.

To be very de­fin­i­tive, the re­la­tion­ships that are formed be­tween col­leagues and boss and em­ploy­ees are called work­ing re­la­tion­ships. The re­la­tion be­tween teacher and stu­dents is also re­ferred to as work­ing re­la­tion­ship. How­ever, the sit­u­a­tion be­comes dif­fi­cult when your friend at a work­place tries to be­have like your brother or your mother that you feel suf­fo­cated in the re­la­tion­ship. The crux of the prob­lem is the hu­man na­ture to form re­la­tion­ships at all times and places. Whether at work or even in a class­room, we tend to make re­la­tions with oth­ers as we are com­fort­able per­ceiv­ing our­selves in re­la­tion­ships.

In work­ing re­la­tion­ships, the level of in­ti­macy is usu­ally low. We do not at­tempt to cre­ate bonds that go be­yond the pro­fes­sional level in work­ing con­texts. Also in work­ing re­la­tion­ships, there is a high

level or in mostly less work­ing How­ever,of po­lite.the for­mal­ity,same re­la­tion­ship­s­the man­ner sit­u­a­tio­nand peo­pleare­all turns the more­tend trick­y­time.to busi­nesslike­be­have Con­ver­sa­tion­swhen rel­a­tivesin more­and are when found there work­ing­has to be closelya dis­tinc­tionat a work­place.be­tween per­son­alThis is re­la­tion­ships and work­ing re­la­tion­ships. If hus­band and wife hap­pen to be work­ing in the same com­pany, they need to keep their per­sonal re­la­tion out­side the work­place to be happy while in the of­fice. Sim­i­larly, such peo­ple should not bring their work­ing re­la­tion­ships at home and should change the tone and tenor once they are at home. With this let us move on to per­sonal re­la­tion­ships.

How­ever, the re­la­tion­ships be­tween fam­ily mem­bers are per­sonal re­la­tion­ships. Per­sonal re­la­tion­ships are a lot more sig­nif­i­cant to us than work­ing re­la­tion­ships. This is be­cause the im­pact it has on our lives is much greater.

In per­sonal re­la­tion­ships, the level of in­ti­macy is usu­ally higher than in the case of work­ing re­la­tion­ships. In a per­sonal re­la­tion­ship, one can be as sweet or rude as he can be depend­ing upon his mood. Per­sonal re­la­tion­ship talks are as var­ied as the re­la­tion, and one can see a wide spec­trum of con­ver­sa­tions in hus­band wife re­la­tion­ship. In per­sonal re­la­tion­ships, the in­di­vid­ual has more se­cu­rity and can be more open than in the case of work­ing re­la­tion­ships. These are the main dif­fer­ences be­tween work­ing and per­sonal re­la­tion­ships. Note more :

Level of In­ti­macy :

In per­sonal re­la­tion­ships, the level of in­ti­macy is higher than in the case of work­ing re­la­tion­ships.

For­mal and In­for­mal Na­ture:

- In a per­sonal re­la­tion­ship, we can be in­for­mal.

- In work­ing re­la­tion­ships, we have to be for­mal.

Con­ver­sa­tions :

- In a per­sonal re­la­tion­ship, con­ver­sa­tions are not busi­nesslike.

Con­ver­sa­tions in work­ing re­la­tion­ships are more busi­nesslike and mostly po­lite.

Bound­aries :

- In per­sonal re­la­tion­ships, we have fewer bound­aries with peo­ple.

In work­ing re­la­tion­ships, it is not the case. We have more bound­aries with peo­ple.

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