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Building Strong Workplace Relationships in 4 Easy Steps

Building Strong Workplace Relationships in 4 Easy Steps

February – the month of love – is the perfect time to dig into the benefits of building strong, positive workplace relationships. Creating personal connections with the people you work with makes life more enjoyable and can make work easier. Nowadays, very few companies have roles where you only work on projects independently. Teams are a key part of your work life. If you have a positive relationship with your team, you’ll be more engaged, the results will be better and you’ll have more fun.

How do you build strong workplace relationships?

1. Show You Care
No matter who you are or who you are building a relationship with, one thing remains constant: you have to ensure your team members know you care about them. Instead of getting straight to work, ask how their family is doing or what they did over the weekend. Know their kids’ names. No one wants to feel like they are just another cog in the wheel. Building authentic, personal connections will deepen the foundation of your relationships, which helps especially when things get tough.

2. Be Accountable
An important part of building positive relationships at work is to deliver on your responsibilities and commitments. Roll up your sleeves and dive into difficult projects with your team. Team members will be more engaged if they feel you are pulling your own weight. Your own personal effectiveness will help your work relationships flourish!

3. Communicate Directly
Challenges and conflict are a given, but it doesn’t have to be painful. If there is a concern, address it immediately by offering real-time feedback. It doesn’t help for anyone to be stewing on a problem that will likely only get worse with time. When conflict arises between workplace relationships, work together to come to a common agreement. Direct communication, when done with care, is one of the keys that can move business forward quickly, which will strengthen your team bonds making everyone more motivated and excited to come to work.

4. Recognize Contributions
When people on your team do great work, let them know it! Sometimes a simple “thank you” can go a long way. Even better . . . find out what motivates each person and make sure you are recognizing them in meaningful ways. A culture of appreciation from both the leader and the team will make people want to put in discretionary effort since they know it is recognized.

Positive Relationships = Increased Engagement

It is the responsibility of leaders to actively promote healthy workplace relationships. Engaged employees are 38% more likely to perform above average, 65% more likely to recommend their company’s products, take 3.5 fewer sick days and are 87% less likely to leave the organization. At IMPACT Group, we follow our High IMPACT Leadership framework. That means leaders are encouraged to take a personalized approach to leading each team member, be inquisitive by using powerful questions and active listening to engage employees and provide real-time feedback – both positive and constructive – to enhance skills and performance. By following this model, our workforce feels valued and engaged.

Take a look at your colleagues and team members. Are your workplace relationships strong? Do you enjoy working with them? If not, implement these strategies. You won’t regret it, and the results will be as sweet as a box of chocolates.

Contribution by Lauren Herring

Lauren Herring is a speaker, author and CEO of IMPACT Group, a business she grew into a global leader in career and leadership development. Lauren’s latest book, Take Control of Your Job Search!, is the new “bible” for job seekers in 2020. A graduate of The University of Notre Dame and Washington University (aka the “Harvard of the Midwest”), her passions include job creation, women in leadership and supporting people reaching for more in their careers through personal development, international relocation assignments and hard work. You can find Lauren’s job search tips at

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