Are you new to a job and are trying to understand how to go about managing cordial relationships with everybody in office? Or have you been leaving jobs previously because of not being able to get along with people? Or do you always get in trouble for saying a little too much in front of the wrong person in the office? These kinds of questions are pretty common to a lot of people in the world.
Unfortunately, with cutthroat kind of battles in the job market, everyone these days is always aiming for their individual success, and is only looking for opportunities when they can trap their colleagues in a scandal or a controversy. Moreover, when someone is getting good appraisals and promotions, they tend to forget how to behave with their colleagues at the lower level, which often leads to unhealthy politics and problems in the office.
So here are some tips for all working professionals to manage their workplace relationships well.
1. Promote harmony and unity
For a team to deliver good results, it is important that all the members are mutually respectful of each other, without one person being biased to or against someone else in the team. Biases and favoritism only creates ‘groupism’ and conflicts, which is considered unhealthy in workplaces. So irrespective of what position you are at, respect everyone else for what they do, and promote the feeling of unity all the time.
2. Avoid the blame game
When it comes to admitting to mistakes or errors in front of the bosses, you must never indulge in petty blame games. It not only spoils your relations with the colleagues who you are blaming, but also spoils your image in front of your seniors.
3. Appreciate others
There will be times when your bosses will like your colleague’s idea better than yours. In times like this, don’t feel jealous or spread feelings of hatred. Instead, be appreciative of the other person. Sometime later when you need help on something, this same colleague will come to your rescue.
4. Avoid dirty politics
Try not to get into petty games of instigating one employee against the other. And stop yourself from getting into acts where you feel like taking someone else’s credit. There is no point in playing dirty politics, because sooner or later, they do get discovered and harm your reputation.
5. Don’t rely on cheap tricks
Don’t fall for any cheap tricks to get promotions. In other words, don’t do anything, which makes your coworker look bad in a situation, especially when the situation is that of an appraisal. Instead, earn it on the basis of your performance.
6. Keep it professional
Sometimes, workplace relationships go bad when people mix the lines between personal and professional. When you are new to the office, keep your conversations limited, and try to keep things professional with everyone. You can only share a personal space with those colleagues after a long time of working with them. Otherwise, when coworkers become best of buddies outside the office, sometimes, petty personal life fights occur during office hours, and that’s not healthy. So learn to mark your boundaries.