Hard or easy, work relationships are important.
- Listen more.
This is the number one way of making other people feel appreciated. Just think less about yourself and focus on what matters to them.
- Practice patience. If you feel irritated by something someone is doing, see it as a sign you need to develop your perseverance too. Consider it “training!” You can even consider someone’s first 3 slights as their “pest allowance.” Then give each day a clean slate.
- Talk plainly and constructively about your opinions when you can so other people know how you feel. But be prepared for dissenting views.
- Now and then let others what you are doing for them, to remind them. Often people lose sight of the importance of your role.
- Refuse to play power games with people. Instead, treat everyone fairly, in keeping with your own standards.
- Tell others what you like about them, publically and often.
- Without compromising yourself and as much as you are able, give people what they like.
- Convey yourself with courtesy, no matter how familiar you are with others.
- Though it may feel that way sometimes, you are not your job. The same goes for everyone else. So regardless of your role, treat everyone you work with as a person first and foremost. Though you can’t always expect the same back, you will be amazed how much others will appreciate you for it.