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.

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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.

Re­main neu­tral

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.

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