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How to Connect with Your Coworkers

By Sandy Schroeder

It’s not possible to connect perfectly with everyone, but we all need good relationships with our coworkers on the job. Finding that balance can be tricky, but well worth the effort.

BusinessInsider gives us some cues on ways to make it all good.

Understand the differences in relationships - Over time we may become good friends with people that we work with, but successfully relating to a variety of people is really the main issue. Look for the strengths in the people around you and reach out to connect to get the job done. You can always get together after work to be pals, but on the job the main goal is to focus on the task at hand.

Learn to be open and receptive - Being honest without being an open book is really the best choice on the job. Everyone appreciates honesty and directness. When you are open, co-workers may feel relaxed in dealing with you. If there always seems to be a hidden agenda, you may encounter resistance. Learn how to reach out to others and find common ground.

Learn how to really listen - You may be so enthused about the work that you can’t wait to get your ideas out there, but it’s always smart to be receptive to others. In discussions and meetings, take the time to make the effort to listen to everyone. You may discover new approaches or support for your ideas. When real discussions occur, everybody benefits.

Be able to see the positions of others - A sign of real emotional intelligence is the ability to imagine how someone else feels. Successful bosses and effective co-workers practice empathy on a daily basis. When they do, the people around them feel more comfortable. Wherever you are in the job spectrum, try to interact with everyone and picture how they see things. You will be a lot more effective in presenting your ideas when you understand the thoughts of those around you.

Expand your connections - Usually we find a few people at work who think just like we do, and we often spend a lot of time with them. Those people become trusted coworkers, but to be effective you need to get to know everyone. Take the opportunity to talk to people in other departments, and reach out whenever you can to broaden your internal network. Often you will learn a lot of new things, and be more comfortable as your network of contacts expand. 

Do whatever you can to keep the communication lines open and expect positive results.

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