When we have strong relationships at work it not only affects our mood, but it affects the rest of productivity. We work more efficiently when we’re positive, we collaborate better, stress is lowered, and mistakes and issues are easier to deal with when you’ve got a strong team of people you’re working with. Find out how to build relationships as a new employee, below.

Follow Through

As a fellow coworker (especially when you’re new in the workplace) if you’re asked to complete a task or a project – ensure that you follow through. One of the best ways to give off a great impression is completing and committing to your deadlines and staying on top of your workload. Your coworkers need to know they can count on you and that you’re reliable – and ensuring they understand this early on will help build those relationships.

Be Self Sufficient

One way to give off a negative impression with your new coworkers is by asking questions that you can easily and independently find the answers to. Whether it be questions that are in the handbook, that have been answered previously (and could have been referred to if notes were taken), or things that can easily be researched on Google. If you cannot find the answer on your own, by attempting to make the effort in being self-sufficient will go a long way.

Actively Listen

Trust and strong relationships are built when people feel that they are actively engaged and listening. If your coworkers feel that they are being heard, and your time and attention is focused on them when they are trying to communicate with you – you’ll quickly begin to build a relationship with them.

Show Appreciation

If a coworker answers your question, provides you with help, picks up your slack when you are first starting or simply just does something nice to make your workday easier – show your appreciation. Sincerity goes a long way.

Avoid Gossip

A great way to build relationships in the beginning stages of being a new employee is to avoid office gossip. There may be some coworkers that want to include you on other employee gossips, and the best way to lose their trust is to join in. It’s important to maintain a positive outlook. Nothing will build trust more to your coworkers than not engaging in gossip about other people in the office. Despite the fact that you may be trustworthy, the person you are gossiping with may not be. And the last thing you want to do is burn a bridge early on.

Don’t Complain about Work things at Work

We all need to vent from time to time. Work can get stressful, busy days can be exhausting, or you may have one of those weeks where you just can’t wait until the weekend. But venting at work fosters an unhealthy atmosphere in which you do not want to participate. Again, staying positive is key. Save venting and complaining for people unassociated with your workplace.


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