Unlocking the Power of Workplace Connections: 4 Surprising Ways to Build Better Relationships

4 Surprising Ways to Build Better Workplace Relationships

Given that we spend a significant portion of our waking hours at work, it makes sense to strive for a fulfilling and satisfying work experience, including developing better workplace relationships with our colleagues.

Developing a solid relationship with coworkers can bring many advantages. It's important to recognize that forming better workplace relationships takes time and effort, but the rewards are well worth it. By attempting to connect with our colleagues and build stronger relationships, we can create a more positive and enjoyable work environment. So, what steps can we take to enhance our relationships with our colleagues?

Incorporate the following suggestions into your daily work routine to build better workplace relationships:

1. Effective Communication

Communication is key to building strong workplace relationships, as any therapist will attest. How can you communicate more effectively with your colleagues?


Try starting conversations about topics that excite them. Use references and language that they understand, as this can help them feel more comfortable and engaged in the conversation. Avoid talking only about work and instead explore other topics that are more interesting and enjoyable.


Strive to be an active listener. By listening carefully to your colleagues, you can gain valuable insights into their perspectives, experiences, and priorities. This, in turn, can help reduce the risk of miscommunication and foster a deeper sense of understanding and connection.

2. Collaboration

Being a team player is critical for building positive workplace relationships. While we all work for a paycheck, we don't have to do so in a cut-throat environment. If you see a colleague struggling, offer to help. People appreciate it and others will lend a hand when it counts.


It is important to give others a chance to shine. Recognize when it's appropriate to step back and let someone else take the lead. If you're always trying to be in charge, you might have difficulty developing strong connections with your coworkers, even if you're effective in leadership positions. Cultivating a sense of collaboration and shared ownership can go a long way towards creating a positive and supportive work environment.


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3. Trust

We can't overstate the importance of trust. It is a critical element of any healthy relationship, including those we form in the workplace. When you have trust in your colleagues, you're more likely to work well together, communicate effectively, and accomplish your shared goals. Building trust takes time, but there are some simple steps you can take to get there.


One of the most important things you can do is to keep your promises. If you say you're going to do something, make sure you follow through. This shows that you're dependable and reliable, and that you take your commitments seriously. If you find that you can't fulfil a promise, communicate this to your colleagues as soon as possible and explain why.

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4. Gratitude

A key way to build stronger relationships with your colleagues is by showing appreciation for their contributions. When your colleagues do something well, it's important to take the time to acknowledge their efforts and express your gratitude. This can help boost their morale, reinforce positive behaviors, and cultivate a sense of camaraderie within the team.


There are several ways to show appreciation in the workplace. One of the simplest is to offer a verbal "thank you" or a word of praise when a colleague does something well. You might also consider sending a thank-you note or a small gift to a colleague who has gone above and beyond in their work. This can be a simple yet powerful way to show your appreciation and express your gratitude.

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Building better workplace relationships is a critical aspect of professional success and overall job satisfaction. Forbes Magazine did an article on workplace relationships during COVID. They included "If the time you spend with your colleagues is 100% focused on work, you won’t form strong bonds." Are you getting to know your colleagues on a personal level?

Whether or not you build relationships outside of work, by implementing these tips, you can enhance your relationships with your colleagues. We are confident that you can build stronger and more meaningful relationships with your colleagues, which can benefit your career and enhance your overall job satisfaction.

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  • Angel Lewis

    A bit about me. I was born and raised in rural North Carolina, and currently call Virginia home. My passion for writing was awakened while attending Guilford College (Greensboro, NC). In 2021, I published my first book 'My Self-Care Plan: 12 Monthly Strategies That Will Transform Your Life'. It inspires readers to make self-care a priority during the next 12 months so that they can live their best life possible. The spring of 2022 saw the release of 'Ready. Set. Fly!' my debut children’s book that encourages self-belief and perseverance.

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