I have frequently heard the saying ‘you don’t go to work to make friends’, but, to what extent is that true? Important effective working relationships …..
A vast majority of full-time employees spend more of their waking hours with their colleagues as opposed to families and spouses. With such a large amount of time being spent at work with co-workers, it seems only fitting that a good relationship with the team would be advantageous to all involved. I want to discuss why it is so important to have effective working relationships with colleagues.
According to Small Business, there are 4 main benefits that can be reaped from effective working relationships:
- Improved teamwork: It is common knowledge that people who get on well with each other are more likely to work well together.
- Improved employee morale: The development of good relationships in the workplace have the potential to improve the mood of employees, making them subsequently more productive.
- Higher employee retention rate: Employees may feel more connected to a company if they develop close relationships with their co-workers. The friendly relationships between colleagues may make them feel more like a family, further decreasing the likelihood of them searching elsewhere for employment. This is good for both employees and employers. The employees have the opportunity to work within a positive team in a suitable environment, whereas employers retain more employees who have more experience to help with the company’s growth.
- Increased productivity: By feeling more connected to their place of employment, staff are more likely to try harder to help keep their position within the team to help with business development.
These benefits may only seem minor, nevertheless, they can make a huge difference to a working environment. Having a team that gets on well will create a positive atmosphere for all in the workplace. This won’t just be noticed by people that work there, but also by those who visit the premises.
Little by little, these effective working relationships can potentially contribute to future company ventures – such as expansions – because of a strong tight-knit team!
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