How To Form Positive Workplace Relationships in the Most Stressful Environments

Few jobs are pressure-free. Wherever you go, there are deadlines, unhappy customers, lost orders and breakdowns. However, a little bit of camaraderie goes a long way toward making work more pleasant… even in stressful environments. Here’s what you can do to develop those positive workplace relationships.

Tips for Forming Positive Workplace Relationships

Get to Know People Personally

You and your coworkers aren’t just a cog in the machine. You are individuals with families, pets, hobbies and a life outside of work. Thus, attempt to connect with your colleagues on a personal level. Remember, this doesn’t mean you need to be everyone’s best friend. It’s simply nice to know something about people besides the fact they work the swing shift. Even basic questions like, “How’s your new dog?” or “Did you catch the game last night?” can brighten the mood.


Of course, to learn more about your colleagues, you must have strong listening skills. Asking questions isn’t enough; you must be genuinely attentive to responses as well. If good listening is your strong suit, try this trick. When someone is talking pay close attention. Then, when they are done speaking, briefly summarize what they said. This strategy improves understanding. (If you misheard something, the other person will have an opportunity to clarify.) Plus, it keeps your mind from wandering because you’ll need to be ready to give that summary.

Offer to Help

If someone is struggling with an assignment or having a bad day, don’t ignore them. Lend them a hand. Start by checking in. “Is everything OK? What can I do to help?” Often, people feel a million times better just knowing someone has their back.

Say Thank You

Also, keep in mind, you can’t always be the hero. Sometimes, you’ll need to accept other people’s help too. Be gracious and appreciative whenever someone comes to your rescue. A heartful, in-person “Thank You!” is essential. And if you want to go the extra mile, consider an upbeat text message, a handwritten note or a small gift.

Don’t Gossip

Your workplace is stressful enough, so there’s no reason to add backstabbing to the equation. Granted some of your colleagues WILL be more difficult than others. But rather than talking about someone behind their back, deal with an impossible coworker in a productive manner. You may need to have a frank but civil conversation with that individual. Or, if you’re truly stuck, ask your HR department for additional support. In addition, avoid getting caught up in other people’s drama. If you find yourself in the middle of a negative conversation, politely change the topic or excuse yourself from the situation.

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