One of the best ways to build healthy work relationships is to be a team player! This means being a helping hand when someone new joins your team, or when someone is working on a particularly challenging project. When your colleagues know that you are there to support and encourage them, they will be more likely to trust you and feel comfortable reaching out for help. Being available and willing to help others, will also lead to reciprocity from your colleagues, and the next time you need some extra support, they will be there to help.
Team players also take the time to make sure that others receive credit for accomplishments, such as reaching goals, finishing projects, or coming up with great ideas. Often times it takes a team effort to attain goals and achievements, so it’s important to make sure that you thank and recognize those who helped you for their hard work. When everyone feels appreciated for their efforts and talents, relationships will be healthier and the workplace environment will be more positive and relaxed.
Being a team player also involves being willing to compromise. This is important when disagreements or conflicts arise, or simply when several people have different ideas for a new project. Whenever possible, try your best to work toward win-win solutions, where everyone feels heard, respected, and valued.
Another important aspect of being a team player in your workplace is expressing gratitude and encouragement to your colleagues. For more information about fostering gratitude and encouragement in the workplace, visit our blog post from earlier this week, Practice Gratitude and Encouragement.
We hope the tips we’ve shared throughout the past week will help you build happy, healthy, and safe relationships in your workplace!
Be sure to check out our video about being a team player in the workplace!