Work relationships are among the trickiest on the planet, especially about managing same at whatever level.  But the rewards are enormous for both the team leaders and the team players.   It’s about creating win-win situations and a happy, fun environment to work in.

So what makes work relationships work well for your benefit?   After all, your life is so dependent on your work environment, including your financial success.

Characteristics that build sound work relationships

We provide a checklist of characteristics for you to refer that have proven track record:

  1. Trust.  Trust forms the basis for any successful relationships leading to great teamwork, partnerships and co-operations. People in solid relationships founded on trust seek input from one another.

Trust means people can function well without unnecessary micro-managing. Examples demonstrating trust include practice managers making decisions based on work and initiatives from staff.  Individuals who trust one another can also openly and genuinely discuss successes and failures so all can learn from such practices and problem solving with fear of attack or gossip.

  1. Diversity. One way to describe Diversity is the differences in the way people see the world.  As a natural consequence, the Diversity factor influences the working environment, work relationships and the thinking taking place in each work environment.  Variances in age, race, gender, education or work experience all influence outcomes and impact on work relationships every day. Successful practices do not merely tolerate diversity of opinions but encourage it.

Diversity broadens the amount of possible solutions and enables people in the particular environment to learn from one another and create best desired outcomes.

  1. Mindfulness. In mindful relationships, people are open to new ideas. An open-minded work practice avoids operating on autopilot; it encourages everyone to express their ideas without fear of scorn, disapproval or retribution, and examines ways to improve the working environment and its corresponding work relationships.
  2. Integration. When people are aware of the objectives and related specific tasks at hand, they are sensitive to how their work affects the team.  Work relationships benefit from this characteristic as they are better able to deal with unexpected events or issues or crisis management in our turbulent world.
  3. Respect. Respectful interactions are considerate, honest and tactful. People who respect one another value each other’s opinions and willingly change their minds in response to what others say. Respect is especially important in challenging situations, as it can help individuals focus on problem solving.
  4. Effective communication. Communication between individuals can be viewed as powerful or lightweight.  Face-to-face interactions or telephone conversations, are preferred as these are two way communications.   For one way communications use emails, Whatsapps, or text messages.  Individuals understand that both powerful and lightweight communication channels are essential for appropriate types of communication required in the workplace.
  5. Varied interactions. Work Relationships in the main can be defined as either social or task related. Social relationships tend to be personal and frequently are based on events or happenings that exist outside of workplace.

Task-related relationships are focused on professional issues and objectives. Often one sees a combination of social and task-related relationships, for example charitable supported fun runs.  Such variations are to be encouraged as it builds team spirit.

So it’s good to be aware of such above factors.   Good counselling to help you with the task at hand in navigating the tricky work scene is available for you as a confidential resource.

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