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Improving work relationships.

Improving work relationships. (Last Updated On: September 29, 2016)

Given we spend nearly a third of our lives at work, it can feel like we spend more time with our work colleagues than our own family. As work can be stressful, fast paced and demanding, it makes sense that we can come to depend on our colleagues and sometimes come into conflict with them. Employees must get along well for a healthy ambiance in the workplace, so it is important to continually improve working relations and encourage employees to build positive relationships in the workplace.

There are various ways of improving interpersonal relationships in the workplace, and the most effective way starts with you as the employer or manager.

Employers and managers set the tone for how their employees communicate at work. Employees must feel comfortable communicating with their employer and each other effectively for a healthy relationship to flourish. For example, noticing if a colleague seems flat or if they have isolated themselves and asking them if they are struggling may be a simple way to foster a positive and open working environment for all. Raising awareness that all employees and employers experience challenges and illustrating that it is okay to talk about this demonstrates understanding and helps people in the workplace feel more open.

Similarly, if you become aware of a conflict or dispute amongst employees, it is your responsibility to address this in a fair and impartial manner. Again, normalising that sometimes we can be upset, angry, or emotional at work, putting aside differences promotes greater emotional intelligence and self-awareness at work. Allowing employees a chance to voice their concerns in a safe space early on can give you a good opportunity to ascertain how a person is doing and what support they need. It can also give you a chance to be clear with them that they need to follow the set policies and procedures put in place about how to respect each other in the workplace.

Of course, this means that employers and managers need to be conscious of  emotional needs and monitor how their employees treat each other. Even employers or managers, should reflect on their personal communication style that can impact the dynamic of work relationships to become more inclusive.

As Australia’s leading workplace relations specialist, Employsure can assist with any questions you have regarding your employment obligations. Call us today on 1300 651 415 for more information.

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