Managing workplace relationships is a good topic to discuss with Valentine’s Day coming tomorrow. Most people focus their attention on romantic relationships, but knowing how to manage workplace friendships is just as important.
Having close relationships with some of the people you work with will have a positive effect on your work life, and because you spend so much of your time at work, friendships with your coworkers are likely to occur. Some of the benefits workplace friendships provide include: a more enjoyable work environment, better cooperation with group activities and positive outlets to release stress.
It’s also important to realize that workplace relationships can have negative effects on your work performance if you are not cognizant of potential distractions and harmful issues that could arise.
Try following some of these tips to ensure positive friendships at your company:
- Remember that the primary reason you are at work is to do the job your employer pays you to do. Make sure your attention is focused on your assignments and not socializing with your coworkers.
- Avoid sharing too much personal information with your workplace friends. Some information is not appropriate to share, such as salary or health issues. You also don’t want information you revealed privately to be shared, or, worse, used against you
- Try not to gossip. Discussing rumors about your manager or another coworker to your office buddy has the potential to taint your reputation or contribute to a toxic work environment. Be kind, treat others with respect, and report concerns or complaints in a more appropriate way.
- Don’t do your friend’s work. Certainly helping your coworkers when they are in need is a great display of teamwork. However, always helping a teammate finish his assignments because of his poor time management or other issues will harm your productivity at work.
- Spending all of your free time with your favorite coworkers is not recommended. Evade tension, jealousy or concerns of favoritism by switching up who you go to lunch with or talk to during your breaks.
Please call CAI’s Advice and Resolution Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746 for any questions regarding workplace relationships.
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