4 Ways To Get To Know Your Colleagues In The Workplace

4 Ways To Get To Know Your Colleagues In The Workplace

At times, the workplace can be considered as one of the more judgmental environments in our life. We are always being analysed on our performance, as well as how we interact with coworkers and clients. It is therefore not easy to get to know your colleagues in the workplace due to the competitive environment that exists. If you’re looking to break the tension in your office, and to truly make some positive business relationships, read the below four options for a starting point.

1. Offer your assistance when you can

When in a team environment, the willingness to go out of your way to help people will assist in winning friends in the workplace. If you have finished your work for the day, offer your assistance to others instead of going home. It is a selfless offering whish shows that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to help the team get the job done. If someone is particularly stressed, they will find this a very generous offering and no doubt be appreciative.


2. Offer advice when asked

If a colleague comes to you for advice, be honest and provide your opinion on the issue. On the contrary, if your opinion is not asked for, then it is best to keep it to yourself. It will be difficult to win friends in the workplace if you are known to be very opinionative, particularly if your opinion is not requested. Even if you disagree with the opinion of others, there is always professional way to share your views.



3. Be genuine

Winning friends in the workplace can be as simple as being the genuine person that you are. If your colleagues can see that the efforts you are making are from a good place, and not simply for personal gain, then in turn this will be recognised. A genuine and friendly personality is difficult not to like, so focus on being yourself in these circumstances.



4. Listen

Not listening is an action which will annoy the vast majority of people in a workplace. If a coworker or leader does not listen to what you have to say, why would you make them a preferred contact? Listening is imperative in any workplace and shows your interest in both the person and the work. If you would like to make positive working relationships, ensure you take the time to listen to what they have to say. This will help you not only progress in a professional sense, but to learn more about the person who is speaking. 



What do you think?

Do you have any other tips for strengthening relationships with colleagues in the workplace? It is not an easy thing to do, however it is important in order to foster positive working relationships. Feel free to leave your suggestions below and join the conversation.

This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.

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