Irrespective of our job status, it is likely a significant chunk of our time is dedicated to understanding the relationship in which we find ourselves with those around us. We might be referring to any number of stakeholders, each one bringing to the moment needs, wants and individual motivations.
The question of connectivity goes beyond the physical. Understanding the relationship includes looking at also the virtual, social and intellectual rapport we have with our colleagues, clients, suppliers and the like.
To ensure a smooth execution of our duties, it is crucial the relationship with each is at least appreciated and ideally enhanced. As with any living entity, our interactions need constant nurturing to develop fully. Understanding the relationship suggests doing all we may to render time together beneficial to all parties.
Shared goals often facilitate this mutually productive approach. Grievances and misunderstandings require immediate attention, coupled with a non-judgemental mindset, to resolve issues before they undermine completely the working environment.
Who makes the first effort, however, is unimportant provided it is made. In attempting to boost the relationship, we can call upon our experience, knowledge , and something many times ignored: our intuition. If something does not feel right to us, it is highly likely there is indeed something not quite right.
Giving attention to workplace well-being in many instances begins with us looking at what we bring to the various relationships at work. For now, however, thanks for reading this ‘The relationship‘ post today.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Performance skills at work (2015), Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).