Business professional having virtual meeting with coworkers/ Tips For Building Better Relationships
Few days ago, I called one of my close friends. I gave him an update on a business prospect. And as usual, he already has several ways I could have done things differently. Good he could not see my facial expression, as I disapprovingly wave my hand in muted complaints. I wasn’t angry or consider his inputs to be of no value. I know he is genuinely interested in the success of the business.
“Healthy relationships are the bedrock of a good life. Instead of taking them for granted, fortify them.”
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize just how important relationships are. Healthy relationships can reduce stress , promote positive behaviors and give us a greater sense of purpose and well-being.
I admit that I wouldn’t be where I am today without my family, friends and employees.
It wasn’t until the COVID-19 pandemic hit, though, that I realized just how vital healthy relationships are to my personal and professional lives. Given the stresses of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s easy for relationships to hit a sour note. These seven pieces of musical advice can help bring them back into tune:
1. Friendship should rank high among the tips for building better relationships. So you can assume “We’re Gonna Be Friends.”
Having work friends is vital. A LinkedIn study likewise found that, globally, 46% of professionals consider work friends to be an important factor in their overall happiness.
“Feeling needed, valued and appreciated is a fundamental human need.”
“People are more creative and productive when they experience more positive inner work life,”explains Teresa Amabile, Harvard Business School professor and coauthor of The Progress Principle. “And one of the things that contributes to positive inner work life is a sense of camaraderie with teammates and close co-workers — a sense of bonding and mutual trust.”
2. One of the most awesome of all tips for building better relationships – show some “R-E-S-P-E-C-T.”
A key component of healthy and productive relationships is being respectful of another person’s time. Whether it’s a family member, friend or employee, that holds true.
3. Know When to “Get Off of My Cloud.”
The point here is the importance of boundaries. That means everything from providing autonomy to not bombarding people. You may never know what they are struggling with too, and which could be of higher priority than your current issue or interest.
4. Get by “With a Little Help From [Your] Friends.”
Here is a balance to “Get Off of My Cloud.” Whether you’re on the giving or receiving end, help from friends is essential. Creating time for this, is priceless. When you notice that someone is struggling — maybe they’re ill or having difficulty managing their time — lend a helping hand.
“When we receive a compliment, it stimulates the same part of the brain that lights up when we get a monetary reward.”
If you’re in a sticky situation yourself, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Just remember not to make someone feel obligated to give you a hand because you’ve helped them in the past. Instead, reach out to members of your support network when you feel like you’re underwater. It doesn’t make you a weakling.
5. Strive to Manage “Distractions.”
Distractions are inevitable and instead of wishing them away, find ways to manage them as well as possible. With necessary and thought out flexibility, try working with a priority list, a calendar or options to control calls, notifications or entrance into your pod.
6. When Necessary, “Call Me.”
Maybe you’re in a pinch, or you simply want to avoid endless email threads. When it’s urgent, pick up the phone and call.
To be courteous, ask in advance to make sure that it’s an appropriate time for a quick chat. And encourage others to do the same if they ever need to contact you at the last minute.
7. Is this the ultimate of all tips for building better relationships? Don’t forget to “Praise You.”
Recall a time when you received or gave a compliment. It felt pretty good, right?
That’s because feeling valued and appreciated is a fundamental human need. According to psychotherapist Marcia Naomi Berge, mutual appreciation is the foundation of relationships. The reason is, it’s what encourages us to cooperate with others.
When we receive a compliment, it stimulates the same part of the brain that lights up when we get a monetary reward. It should be no surprise, then, that research shows praising employees boosts productivity.
When giving a compliment, make sure that it’s sincere and specific. And when you receive a compliment, do so with grace.
Healthy relationships are the bedrock of a good life. Instead of taking them for granted, fortify them. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge others’ accomplishments or ask for help. The late Bill Withers was right: “We all need somebody to lean on.”
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