Dealing with others is something we all must deal with no matter what we do. We get to choose who we want to be around and who we would rather keep our distance from in our personal lives. Unfortunately, who we encounter in the workplace is not always as simple. There are a lot of factors that come into play. We can often find ourselves trying to figure out the best way to work with someone very different from us. This does not have to end in disaster. A few skills can be used in every situation to help compromise with all those we must collaborate with.
You need to establish boundaries with any new relationship, even in a working one. The worst way to get off on the wrong foot with a new coworker is to cross their boundaries. It doesn’t have to be an awkward conversation. What will make it uncomfortable is if you wait until there is an issue before addressing it. Instead, get out ahead of any problems. Discuss how you like to work and how you want to handle any disagreements. This will save you a lot of time and help you stay productive. You can get more done when you do not have to worry about coworker relationships.
People like to work with other reliable people. Reliable employees are those that take accountability for their work. No one wants to be blamed for another’s mistakes. Always take responsibility for your successes and your failures. Also, those that follow up with coworkers are those that others want to work with. Half of working well with anyone is being a good coworker yourself. Let them know that you can be relied on by checking in. If they see you coming to them, they will feel more comfortable coming and talking to you. It will help keep those lines of communication open when you are seen as a reliable employee.
All relationships, no matter what type, need good communication. This is not just being good at speaking. Being able to articulate yourself well is a skill that is required, but it is not everything. Listening is a very overlooked part of communication. If you can speak well, most think that others will agree. This is not the case. You need to listen well and see things from another perspective. Don’t just keep making the same statement over and over. Be mindful in your listening and adjust. A quick way to shut down a working relationship is not to be open to new ideas.
Increase your interactions with those in your company. The more you see each other and speak, the easier it will be to work together. Without any type of contact, it is always awkward and harder to work well together. Don’t hide away in your office. Get to know all those that you work with.
Sharpen your skill in the workplace.