In media and television depictions of the workplace, co-workers are expected to engage in dog-eat-dog office politics to get to the top. Therefore, too often real-world workplace culture is divisive and competitive in a negative way. However, having constructive, positive relationships with co-workers actually benefits everyone in the long run. First, consider how much time with co-workers influencing overall job happiness. A Globoforce study discovered that 78 percent of people who work 30 to 50 hours a week spend more time with co-workers than with their families!
Considering this, support and encouragement between work colleagues is highly important. In the same study, 74 percent of the employees surveyed who hadn’t celebrated achievements with their co-workers said they were more likely to leave their jobs. This encouragement leads to higher levels of productivity and job satisfaction. The University of British Columbia conducted surveys of more than 100,000 people in Canada and around the world. They found that a positive increase in a worker’s relationship with the boss and co-workers leads to increases in productivity and salary.
This course will teach participants how to develop relationships with co-workers that are supportive, constructive, encouraging, and free from negative drama or conflict. As a result, employees will create a more harmonious office space, be able to work through disagreements, find more team solidarity, and ultimately have more job satisfaction.
Successful completion of this course will increase your ability to:
- Base every working relationship on a common purpose.
- Demonstrate actions that build trust and avoid those that erode trust.
- Model the positive relationship behaviors you seek in others.
- Manage, not manipulate, relationships.
- Implement strategies to improve or survive relationships.
- Set boundaries and stand your ground.
Key Topics Covered
This course explores the following subjects in depth:
- How integrity, consistency, confidence, concern, and time are used to build trust
- Relating to others by getting to know colleagues as individuals and building rapport
- How to use the golden rule to enhance relationships
- Identifying underlying problems in relationships and setting up boundaries for constructive conversations