How to manage relationships at the workplace
Learning to navigate your work environment creates greater job satisfaction and can help you climb the corporate ladder.
Always show appreciation
According to researchers at Mind Tools, an award-winning company that provides career and management learning solutions, everyone from the CEO to the intern wants to feel recognised for their efforts. Showing appreciation whenever someone helps you can lead to more positive relationships.
Know your boundaries
While having a work BFF is awesome, be wary when gossiping about other coworkers or complaining about work —you never know who’s listening.
Charmaine, an assistant manager at a fashion retailer, warns: “I used to be close to quite a few of my employees, but then I was accused of nepotism. I understand why it could have been perceived that way, but if two candidates are equally qualified, yet I trust one more than the other, why is it wrong to promote the one I trust more?” There’s nothing wrong with being close to your boss, but keep your relationship professional in the office. “Avoid posting things together on social media to keep speculation at bay,” advises Charmaine.
Make friends with the enemy
Regardless of how likeable you are, there will almost always be that one person you clash with in the office. Rather than keeping a distance, do your best to get to know them. According to Mind Tools, finding any semblance of similarities can help two people feel more connected, which will ease the tension.