Take a moment to think about a workplace relationship that changed the way in which you work. Naturally some may think of a mentor or admirable supervisor; others may remember a time they’ve dealt with a workplace-conflict. No matter the positive or negative experience, the common denominator sheds light on the importance of creating healthy workplace relationships and its impact on your workforce overall.
In today’s hybrid climate, the need to foster meaningful connection is even greater yet more challenging to build. It’s true most full-time employees spend the majority of their day with coworkers than with their families; and because we know this, it gives all the more reason why understanding and implementing the foundational work is more complex when we integrate our personal and professional lives in the hybrid environment. Navigating relationship building is a key component of success.
DEVELOPING EMOTIONAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS
The ability to recognize and understand emotions in oneself and others is what allows you to build your emotional intelligence (EI) over time. In turn, this emotional understanding helps to make decisions, solve problems, and communicate with others. If your organization is having difficulty moving the needle on team building, emotional intelligence may be a factor. Having agile comprehension that allows you to tap into emotional intelligence and become self aware and properly self regulate is a skillset, developed through experience with education and practice. As an integral part of effective communication at DB Latimore Professional Services Group, we have seen this first hand in the field. Not to be eliminated or forgotten, the need to achieve goals and meet KPIs, through proper planning and execution still exists. It has been proven that having EI is simply not enough. While being aware is the first step, it’s crucial to know how and when to pivot for the sake of empathy, and overall human connection.
APPLYING RELATIONSHIP BUILDING SKILLS EFFECTIVELY
Many may understand what qualities are needed to foster a solid relationship, however challenges occur when needing to demonstrate them. How can you use active listening skills so that another person sincerely believes you are listening to them? Questions like this become even more difficult to answer when we think about the nature of the relationship between a leader and their team.
As a best practice, we always believe in establishing and building relationships before you need them or before a conflict arises. If you already have a good relationship in place, you will be in a better position to help navigate conflict as they come about.
These are some of the direct outcomes of building healthy relationships:
- Encourages Open and inclusive communication
- Promotes positive thinking and idea sharing
- Builds trust
- Supports Transparency and Authenticity
Named above are just a few examples of how to grow an organization with P.E.O.P.L.E. Understanding and driving impact, starts with relationships. They not only support everyday operational tasks, but allow culture to shine through authentically.
PRIORITIZING HUMAN OUTCOMES AND IMPACT
Like personal relationships, workplace relationships do not develop overnight. Remembering that building trust can be hard to achieve yet easy to lose, allows an area of opportunity for leaders to consistently reinforce a culture that leans on a communicative, relational workforce. Those that have mastered the art of relationship building have gained clarity around the value of meaningful relationships and the influential impact in their daily work.
In our expert experience, companies that understand and build around P.E.O.P.L.E will produce these 3 positive outcomes: (1) Meaningful work will be acceptable and accomplished in a more trusting and enjoyable way. (2) Colleagues will learn that they have more in common than they thought. (3) Processes and overall work-flow will operationalize more effectively.
Now that you’ve gained a new perspective on building relationships – are you ready to make a change in your organization?
DB Latimore Professional Services Group, provides services that are tailored to the needs of an organization by utilizing our exclusive Productivity Powered by P.E.O.P.L.E.® framework. We provide leadership development that aligns with strategy by cultivating employee value — driving productivity that educates and empowers workforce longevity.
Make a change in your strategic approach to developing leaders for operational success.We encourage you to take action now! Engage with us today and allow our team to access and understand your environment to develop a customized plan for your organization. Schedule your consultation today.