What exactly are we talking about when we use the phrase: workplace relationships?
It’s the relationships that are established in and about the workplace with co workers, supervisors, vendors, clients etc. It is the manner of how you conduct yourself on a regular with people you work with, how you handle conflict/resolution, chain of commands and a variety of other issues or concerns within the space by which you work.
These relationships can be established outside of a traditional office, since it simply is the relationship within a workplace; which can be on a basketball court, football field, concert arena, restaurant or even a school between coaches, players, teachers and event organizers. Their ability or willingness to or not to work together toward formation of a cohesive relationships. It is what defines the space between two people that have involvement to any degree toward a common goal in an organization.
It’s important to know what the relationship entails and recognize that it exist. It’s important to be aware that you are constantly establishing what is refers to as this, when in workplace and working together.
A girl stumbled upon a manager last week who was not clear how workplace relationships could extend beyond an office or a 9-5. Sad but true that this individual is a manager and much more to her disappointment, a manager she has to work with in some capacity.
The dynamics of how they share space may be different in that they don’t see each other but they do communicate when it involves work, approval of work, deadlines and so forth. While they do not see one another or have to have direct contact on a day to day; the mere fact that he is a manager that is assigned to resolve problems and provide solutions, he should have an understanding of his role. This is their workplace relationship. If the topic is computer hard drives and he is the manager for that department, it is important that he knows all about computer hard drives or at the very least, the elementary information about computer hard drives. If I were to write about “workplace relationships” and you are assigned to the topic, you should be knowledgeable about workplace relationships. You should know that many settings can provide workplace relationship scenarios. Example: sporting event, concert, business panel, national/local industry conference, charity function or benefit etc. These are people working together in some capacity where a relationship is formed.
Same girl mentioned that she approached her manager with a question relating to the flexibility of her job, with regard to extended lunch. In so many words, she explained she would still be providing the company the quality of work and that her assignments would still be complete. She said she was rudely shut down and told that she can not have a promotion or a vacation and that he would not consider her for one. Other than the nasty delivery of his message, and the fact that it was an answer to a question that wasn’t asked, she was flabbergasted that this person was in a position of management.
Some managers never listen carefully to the question so they can provide an adequate answer. They are so ready to say no or turn you down. They sound programmed because they are conditioned to the word. Furthermore, if they never understood that taking a longer lunch was not the same as a vacation…… or that completing same amount of quality work in less time was the same – then it may be a lost battle until you can find a way over their head. And this an example of an existing workplace relationship, that is going bad.
Ask yourself next time have you done all you could to assist someone who is asking you a question. Have you taken proper measures toward finding or directing them if you weren’t able to assist. It’s important and I stress important that you take the time to understand your clients, customers, coworkers, colleagues and anyone you have a workplace relationship with. Don’t get too complacent in your position and feel you can stop putting in work because you can always be replaced, especially with the number of qualified unemployed people who are seeking employment on a daily. In real estate, we would call this a sellers market.
Assignment: Fine tune your workplace relationship skills this week. Think of all the people you encounter daily and how they play into your life, work and success. Once you determine how great of a link they are, you will have a better understanding of the flow and will have a much better attitude toward those when forming and maintaining healthy and prosperous workplace relationships.