Be a Team Player!

One of the best ways to build healthy work relationships is to be a team player! This means being a helping hand when someone new joins your team, or when someone is working on a particularly challenging project. When your colleagues know that you are there to support and encourage them, they will be more likely to trust you and feel comfortable reaching out for help. Being available and willing to help others, will also lead to reciprocity from your colleagues, and the next time you need some extra support, they will be there to help. 

Team players also take the time to make sure that others receive credit for accomplishments, such as reaching goals, finishing projects, or coming up with great ideas. Often times it takes a team effort to attain goals and achievements, so it’s important to make sure that you thank and recognize those who helped you for their hard work. When everyone feels appreciated for their efforts and talents, relationships will be healthier and the workplace environment will be more positive and relaxed.

Being a team player also involves being willing to compromise. This is important when disagreements or conflicts arise, or simply when several people have different ideas for a new project. Whenever possible, try your best to work toward win-win solutions, where everyone feels heard, respected, and valued. 

Another important aspect of being a team player in your workplace is expressing gratitude and encouragement to your colleagues. For more information about fostering gratitude and encouragement in the workplace, visit our blog post from earlier this week, Practice Gratitude and Encouragement. 

We hope the tips we’ve shared throughout the past week will help you build happy, healthy, and safe relationships in your workplace!

Be sure to check out our video about being a team player in the workplace!

Maintain Healthy Boundaries with Colleagues

Building positive work relationships involves setting and maintaining healthy boundaries with your colleagues. Before setting boundaries, take some time to reflect on your values and think about what is most important to you. This can help guide you to set healthy boundaries at work. 

Healthy boundaries at work may look like communicating to your boss or supervisor that you cannot work late into the evening because you need to be home with your family. It could also involve requesting that, unless you are on-call, your colleagues refrain from calling you about work late at night or on the weekends. Healthy boundaries at work may also involve expressing your limits and communicating when you have too much on your plate. This could look like asking for additional help if you have been assigned a project with too much work for one person to do alone. 

Regardless of what your boundaries look like, it’s important to communicate them to your colleagues to ensure that you feel safe, respected, and comfortable in the workplace!

Check out our video about healthy boundaries in the workplace!

Avoid Office Gossip and Follow Through with Commitments

Building healthy work relationships is all about being reliable and doing your best to focus on positive interactions. Try to stay out of workplace gossip, as this can be damaging to your relationships with your colleagues and can lead to a negative work environment. If you’re experiencing conflict with a colleague, address the issue with them directly. When you address conflict directly instead of engaging in gossip, you can avoid broken trust and miscommunication, while building positive work relationships. 

It’s also important to show your colleagues that they can count on you by following through with your commitments. If you make commitments, such as offering to help someone with a project, be sure to stay true to your word. When you follow through with commitments, you can build trust and mutual respect with your colleagues, while setting the stage for them to do the same for you. We’re all human and sometimes life can get in the way of meeting deadlines or keeping commitments. When this happens, be sure to let others know as soon as possible to ensure that a new plan can be set into motion.

Take a look at our video about being a reliable coworker and avoiding office gossip:

Practice Gratitude and Encouragement

Gratitude and encouragement can go a long way in strengthening relationships and boosting morale among colleagues! It feels good to know that your hard work is recognized and that the people you work with appreciate you. 

How can you practice gratitude and encouragement at your workplace? There are many simple, yet effective ways to give words of encouragement and show your appreciation for your colleagues! 

When you notice that someone is having a hard day or may be more stressed than usual, encourage them by pointing out their strengths or qualities that you appreciate about them. This can be uplifting and give them the boost they may need to get through a tough day or week. Another way you can encourage and show appreciation for your colleagues is to acknowledge their hard work. You can do this by telling them in person or sending a kind email expressing your gratitude for their efforts. One of the best ways to practice gratitude in the workplace is to say thank you! The next time you work with someone on a project or notice a coworker going the extra mile, be sure to thank them for all of their hard work. 

We encourage you to express encouragement or gratitude to one person you work with at least once a week! 

Check out our video about practicing gratitude and encouragement in the workplace!

Foster Open and Positive Communication

Open and positive communication is not only important in building healthy relationships, but it also allows for increased productivity, collaboration, and problem solving in the workplace. When this type of communication is embraced in the workplace, people will feel more comfortable with sharing ideas and voicing concerns, leading to increased creativity and harmony. Try your best to take steps toward fostering healthy communication in your work relationships! You can start by trying some of the following suggestions. 

Be clear when expressing your expectations, needs, and goals to your colleagues, and be willing to give them space to do the same with you. This will help ensure that you are on the same page and allow you to work towards common goals that benefit the mission of the company or organization you work for. 

It’s also important to keep in mind that communication doesn’t just mean being clear, respectful, and kind when speaking with or emailing those you work with. It also means being an active listener! When others are speaking to you, listen with the intention of understanding and give them your full attention. Try not to multitask, as this may lead to miscommunication. A great way to promote positive communication is to summarize and reflect back what you are hearing in your own words. It can also be helpful to ask clarifying questions if you don’t understand what someone means. This can also help avoid miscommunication and misunderstandings in the workplace, while building stronger, healthier relationships. 

Another key aspect of healthy communication in the workplace is giving feedback in a kind and constructive way, while also being receptive to feedback from others. This process allows for progress, successful collaborations, and creates positive movement towards both individual and organization-wide goals. 

Open and positive communication creates a pathway to effective conflict resolution. Be willing to take responsibility for your mistakes and try looking at conflict as an opportunity for growth. When addressing conflict with your colleagues, listen to the other person’s point of view, approach the conversation with a calm and positive attitude, and try working toward a win-win solution. 

Check out our video about healthy communication in the workplace!

Establish Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is a building block for happy, healthy, and safe relationships. Everyone wants to feel valued and respected in their relationships, including their work relationships. Work towards establishing mutual respect with your coworkers, supervisors, and employees in the workplace!

Showing respect in your work relationships can look like honoring other people’s boundaries, showing interest in others’ perspectives and ideas, acknowledging hard work and accomplishments, and giving feedback in a way that is kind and constructive. Building a respectful work environment will help you and your coworkers feel safe and comfortable, leading to greater job satisfaction!

Check out our video about mutual respect in work relationships:

Healthy Work Relationships: Series Intro

Having healthy relationships is important to our overall well-being and happiness! This doesn’t just apply to our relationships with friends and family. It extends into other areas of our lives, including the workplace. 

Building happy, healthy, and safe relationships with our coworkers leads to greater job and life satisfaction! It’s much more enjoyable to get up and go to work when we are excited to be around the people in our workplace and have a work environment that fosters trust, communication, respect, and teamwork. Not only do great work relationships make work more enjoyable, but they also lead to increased productivity, creativity, and opportunities to collaborate with others. 

Just like all relationships, it takes time, effort, and intentionality to create positive relationships with your coworkers. The HRI team is excited to help you build healthy work relationships by sharing tips throughout the rest of this week!

To go along with our blog series, we will be releasing videos with tips to help you create healthy work relationships!