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Relationships in a Work Environment

Communication skills are a necessary part of running a business.

You need to be able to communicate with your employees in a variety of different ways. The three main styles of communication are verbal, non-verbal and written. By mastering these three styles, you can possess good communication skills in the workplace and communicate more effectively with your workforce. If you are naturally stronger in one area of communication, it may take a little time to develop the others, but with time and practice you can succeed


1. Work on clear and concise verbal communication. You need to be able to impart information and instructions to your employees that they will understand.

2. Practice open body language. Non-verbal communication is a fine art. We transmit information all the time without knowing it. Make sure you keep your body language open by leaving your arms at your sides, incline slightly toward your audience and square off your hips so that you are facing the audience directly.

3. Listen as well as talk. The art of being a great communicator lies not only with being able to impart your message but also to develop the fine art of listening — and hearing — what people have to say. Good listeners make speakers feel appreciated and valued. This is a vital skill in the workplace.

Trust, teamwork, communication and respect are keys to effective working relationships.

Develop positive relationships with the individuals you interact with at work to make your job more enjoyable and productive. … Strong working relationships take time to mature, so focus on being consistent and dependable.

Develop Trust

Develop trust by guarding confidences and not gossiping. Keep your appointments and do your work well. This demonstrates that others can count on you. Follow through on your promises. If you discover that you can’t fulfill a promise, apologize and offer to resolve the matter in another way. Take responsibility for your mistakes, rather than casting blame on someone or something else.

Integrity is central to trust. Be fair and honest in all your dealings. Share resources and information with coworkers. Promptly return materials you borrow.


Work With Your Team


Collaborate with coworkers in a group project. Exchange ideas and be willing to change the way you usually do a task. Give credit to others for their contributions. Provide constructive criticism and request feedback on your work. Do your share of the work. Volunteer to take on challenging assignments. Incorporate fun activities and icebreakers into team projects so that members get to know each other better. Be an encourager by praising the successes of others and by inspiring them to achieve more.

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