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Increase your lifespan by improving professional relationships

Posted 8 December 2011 by Inder Brar

Good communication with colleagues in the office is a vital component of creating an efficient, happy and productive work environment. For many employers, one of the most valued assets in the workplace is communicative skills. Being able to put across one’s views and ideas in a clear and coherent manner during the workday, will help to build healthy relationships with colleagues and boost morale. Without receiving feedback and advice from other colleagues, as well as supervisors, an employee can often find staying motivated a difficult task. A lack of communication can also lead to tension and misunderstandings, all of which contribute to poor productivity and morale. Poor communication can also lead to conflict and distrust amongst the staff and business owners. Honesty, clear policies and a sense of trust are essential for a healthy working environment.

When employees learn to communicate clearly with one another, this in turn will lead to increased efficiency, as staff will understand their role in the workplace, as well as the goals of the business as a whole. When staff understand their individual impact on the business, they are more likely to feel motivated and have a sense of camaraderie with their colleagues.
However, strong communication skills are not only good for business; they’re also good for employee’s health and longevity. According to the Winners Delhi News, a recent study in the University of Tel Aviv, Israel, has shown that good relationships between employees increased their predicted lifespan.

So how does one go about improving relationships in the workplace? Well, whilst communication is certainly about being able to effectively convey one’s own ideas and thoughts, listening is in fact one of the most important aspects of strong working relationships. Communication is not always necessarily verbal; examples of communication which are non-verbal include things like body language, facial expressions and gestures.

There are some simple things which employers and staff can do to improve communication and create healthy working relationships. Training days and regular staff meetings are both excellent ways to ensure everyone is up to speed on the goals and latest ideas of the business as a whole. On a more personal level, remembering employee’s birthdays and rewarding hard work can be very effective in the creation of a happier workplace. Personalised mugs with the staff member’s name, or an elegantly designed award piece for a job well done, are both thoughtful ways to show appreciation.