MN Business Tip Of The Day: Better Manage Your Workplace Relationships

January 28, 2014  |  

Working with others is never easy, and when it’s something you do every day for eight hours, things can get even trickier. The workplace not only includes the natural stresses of getting your own work done, but also dealing with people you may not know well, let alone like.

Try keeping these two things in mind the next time you feel like you might spontaneously combust out of sheer frustration: Don’t take anything personally. And don’t make assumptions. Remember it’s always about you. For all you know, that surly co-worker is responding to something a testy barista said to them right before they came to work. By learning to become immune (or at least less reactive) to the opinions and actions of other, you are guaranteed to save yourself a great deal of needless arguing and feeling like you’ve been the victim of a random attack.

Not making assumptions, on the other hand, is having the courage to ask questions and express your thoughts on a particular subject. Communicate with co-workers as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings and drama. Don’t let issues remain in the murky darkness of subtlety, body language, and a person’s tone of voice. Be willing to shine a light and clear up anything that may or may not be really happening.

People will always bring the outside world into work with them and these two practices go a long way toward making sure what’s going on between you and a co-worker is really about work and nothing else.

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