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Benefits of good interpersonal relationships at work

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Our daily life is widely based on the interaction with our co-workers. Depending on the country and corporate culture, 5 of the 24 hours a day are limited to be in direct contact with our colleagues.  With such a high level of daily contact with our office mates, shouldn’t we take quite serious the benefits of good interpersonal relationships at work? Depending on the hierarchy and the mindset chosen to balance personal and professional life, we choose between keeping completely separate personal life and work, or on the contrary, to handle them in a parallel way, supporting each other.

From my personal point of view, I find it more beneficial to focus on the concept of personal branding. By personal brand, I refer to the coherent image that we project in all facets of our life. Whether it is the image projected with friends, clients, colleagues, family, I have always considered that making myself known in a coherent and transparent way will be useful for professional and personal success.

Coming from a Latin culture where strict hierarchies are more common than equality in companies, I have always been a supporter of flat organizational structures and combination of personal and professional life to get more success. I believe more in leadership rather than in the role of a boss who little knows about the private life of his/her team members.

Dedicating minutes of your personal life to your co-workers, especially if you are a leader of a team, helps forging better bonds and encouraging creativity.

According to my experience, working with people who know you and with you have good relationships is more profitable and enjoyable than working with people for whom you are just one more piece in the organizational system. Unlike the traditional work culture of my country of origin in Latin America, I have always admired and naturally adopted the business and work culture of countries such as Sweden. In Nordic countries, the business is based on working together as a team, making sure that concepts such as equity are put into practice to listen and take into account everyone’s ideas.

Dedicating minutes of personal life to your co-workers, especially if you are a leader of a team, helps to forge better bonds and to encourage creativity. When the leader cares for the team, the teams feel appreciated, committed and confident in suggesting ideas to develop and take the business to the next level.

By sharing some aspects of my personal life in the professional area, I have experienced a special synergy in the team that heps making things more efficient. Below I share some of my experience:

  • Getting to know my office colleagues more thoroughly has helped me to work better on creative tasks and projects that require team synergy.
  • Connecting with my clients in the personal field has helped me build healthy sales accounts with a long-term growth and sustainability profile.
  • Showing true interest in the personal life of suppliers has helped me to create relationships of trust and success, even in cases where deadline seemed impossible to fulfill.
  • Considering my office colleagues as friends have made the work more enjoyable and have helped to develop more easily the sense of loyalty and commitment in the company.
  • Having creative sessions accompanied by friends is more enjoyable and leads to better results.
  • Knowing deeply the people I work with has helped me to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each team member. Only then I can create processes that allow each one to shine with their best skills and ideas.
  • Having friendship ties inside the company makes it easier to face difficult times. Friends tend to support each other easier during tough times, so this leverage of an intimate social circle can help find solutions faster when issues appear.
  • Work is more satisfactory since it not only relates to the professional field but also includes aspects of the personal life.
  • Productivity and energy in the work environment are more notorious when working with close people.

Of course, not everything is as easy and happy as it seems when working with people who are considered friends. Difficulties such as conflicts of interest and decision making can be compromised. However, everything lies in the maturity of the team to be responsible and not take advantage of good personal relationships to achieve work benefits.

Taking interpersonal relationships with co-workers to a more friendly level will be reflected in the success of the team, your professional and personal brand, and thousands of innovative ideas to grow the business. Please feel free to experiences with me below in the comments. If you like this article and want to receive more inspiration, subscribe to our newsletter. Alternatively feel free to follow TintoHub in Facebook and Instagram.

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