Almost half of all employees in firms with more than 250 workers dislike one or more colleagues. But one-third of us have a best friend at work.
Author and consultant Jill Cook-Richards cautions us to never make friends in the workplace. According to Cook-Richards, keeping emotions out of the workplace allows us to consider relationships from a purely professional point of view.
Yet in an article for the Harvard Business Review®, Christine M. Riordan, provost and professor of management at the University of Kentucky, highlights the value of friendships at work. She claims that friendships in the workplace can make us more feel more engaged and supported in our professional roles.
No matter what your role in IT is—from support and project management, to application development and business intelligence—our professional relationships are crucial to our ability to be effective and successful at work. However, though it’s logical to want to focus on good relationships, it’s equally important to manage the difficult ones. Let’s take a closer look at each.
Good relationships are built on trust, respect, and mindfulness. When maintained properly, they provide a mutually supportive and constructive environment. The following tips will help you build good relationships:
Difficult relationships at work can be managed so they don’t affect your well-being or productivity. Here’s how:
Relationships at work play a large role in our happiness and our success. As author and management consultant Diana McLain Smith reminds us, “Anytime you find yourself up against somebody who frustrates you, that person is telling you you’re at the limits of your competence.”
So instead of getting frustrated, employ the above tips to build good relationships while simultaneously managing the difficult ones. Though you’re not at work to make friends, you’re not there to make enemies either!
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