This article was contributed by Pink Moods.
How are you feeling?
The most important thing that you can do to progress is to build strong work relationships as the only way to get true results at work is through teamwork. Rather than view every person’s job as isolated and separate to your job, you need to look at the dynamics of each department and hierarchy and see how they work together.
By building relationships with your colleagues, you are able to get the most of out of teamwork, but building relationships can be tricky. Everybody is different in personality – they have different visions and roles in relation to yours – and being able to connect and collaborate with them will take effort… but it’s possible. Here are four points you need to consider, so your relationships equate to results:
Achievement and attainment isn’t based on how quickly you completed something, but how well you did it. Work relationships become pressured and impersonal when they are measured solely on a timescale in the project plan. The team are more than just name entries on a datasheet, after all.
Demanding results instead of focussing on how to get results will ultimately undo any success you have and can cause animosity [The quickest ways to lose your best staff]. You might think the need to compete with other companies and organisations means you’re short of time. Actually, it’s better to get a method of work in place and miss out on a couple of early opportunities, instead of rushing into every opportunity and failing anyway.
You might think there are certain people at work who need your attention more, because they have access to opportunities you want. In truth, there are three different types of colleagues you will need to work with and they’re all valuable in getting results.
Referred to as upwards/downwards/sideways management, you need to be able to negotiate and structure a method of work which encourages all your colleagues, whether you answer to them, they answer to you or you hold the same level of job.
Being in tune with everyone’s itinerary and encouraging their contribution to big projects and strategies is crucial to ensuring harmony across the team. This means sitting with them at lunch time, striking up conversation at the coffee machine, or offering to help with their printing and photocopying. Genuinely taking an interest in them as people is how you get results – even they seem to be unapproachable. [The art of managing difficult bosses]
Part of getting the team to work to their optimum level is knowing everybody’s strengths and weaknesses. When you truly build a relationship with someone, you will see them at their extremes. You’ll get to know their trigger points, such as what makes them angry, what excites them, what they dislike, or how they handle stress. [How to manage the root cause of stress]
When you’re close enough to see somebody at their most challenged, you are able to see their potential. Going from paper credentials or what has been said about them by others can be unreliable, and such sources might not dig deep enough into what they’re capable of.
This is the most important question to ask yourself when building work relationships: how relatable are you?
The other points state the value of getting to know colleagues more intimately than what their CVs say, but this also needs to be reciprocated. Be honest about your strengths and weaknesses. [7 ways to discover your strengths] Be open to more social interaction and team bonding, Be relaxed enough to be yourself in a professional setting. Ultimately, you are a person more than you are a job title. For more advice join us now for empowering tools to help you discover all that you have to offer to the world.
Everyone comes into a workplace as a person. They take on a position that they feel they are suited to and can do well, but it doesn’t totally define who they are in the workplace. Be prepared to build lasting, genuine relationships with colleagues, whether they extend to life away from work or not. Showing an understanding of who they are as a person is the most endearing and successful way of gaining colleagues’ trust, and such strong work relationships will equate to results.
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This article was contributed by Pink Moods.