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How to Handle Difficult Work Relationships

Sometimes, you’ll have to work with someone you don’t get along with.

Many colleagues are now benefiting from some time apart because of the rise of the virtual workplace.

However, even communicating virtually can bring about misunderstandings or tension.

While it is natural to avoid people who cause strife, it’s not always possible or for the good of your team.

So, here are a few techniques you can use to mend or maintain a professional relationship at work.

1.  Reflect on positive history:

If after an incident a good relationship takes a turn for the worse, research shows that reflecting on the positive experiences with a co-worker can help to strengthen a broken bond.

Another alternative is to use an impartial person to bridge the gap and find a quick settlement.

2.  Observe yourself:

Whenever you feel negative about another person, you can become impatient, get angry, and discourage others.

Which can make others direct such negative behaviours back at you.

Using the Betari Box can help to break this cycle of conflict, thus, stopping these negative behaviours and attitudes in your way.

3.  Look for mutually beneficial goals:

Have you considered that your difficult relationship might be because of a power imbalance?

You can use Professor John Eldred’s power strategies model to recognize any conflicting goals or power imbalances, and then devise a medium to communicate better and improve your relationship.

Facts about Good Work Relationships

Why are relationships important?

Good working relationships make your job more enjoyable.

In addition, close team members are more productive, which makes up a time to innovate and focus on individual development.

Professional connections can also help to further your career pursuit.

Three main working relationships?

You should build and have a good relationship with all your co-workers.

Try to focus on your manager in order to stay engaged with your job, the team members you work with daily, and any stakeholders affected by your work.

Professional relationship at work?

Professional work relationship is built on trust.

Team members should respect one another and be inclusive in considering different opinions.

Open communication and self-awareness are important to making this work.

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