Tips to Improve Your Work Relationships

“Rudeness and bad behavior have grown over the last decades, particularly at work. Insensitive interactions have a way of whittling away at people’s health, performance and souls. Do you act like you have no time to be nice at work? Find out with this article for the New York Times.


Everyone knows that the way we treat each other at work matters… -So then why do Human Resource Directors Spend more than 45% of their time managing bad behavior? Before you answer that question…Let’s take a Quiz on How You Feel About Your Workplace:

Scale of 1 to 5…1 being Always and 5 being Never

  1. People I work with are Disrespectful.
  2. My Colleagues fail to pass along information or resources.
  3. My Co-workers are uncivil in email.
  4. People I work with pay little attention or show little interest in others.
  5. My colleagues neglect saying please or thank-you.

As you answered the questions above, you probably recalled specific incidents that lead to your answer. So, take a moment to think about the last time you were kind at work? Well?…still thinking? Put simply, it takes work! If we all spent a small amount of time to be nicer at work, you would be surprised how your relationships at work will improve (and that improvement might help your paycheck)

Try these easy manners at work:

  1. Share something funny with a colleague that normally you would share with a personal friend. If it makes you laugh, chances are it might make them laugh too, and lighten their mood.
  2. Have some small talk! If you know someone has young children-ask them how they are doing, or if they had a fun weekend with the kids.
  3. Use your mealtime manners, and invite a coworker to lunch.
  4. Coffee at work…Make an extra bit of caffeine work for you by buying coffee for the office or a colleague.
  5. Say thank you when someone gives you a compliment…And be sure to send a compliment back to another colleague in the same day.

Being civil and kind at work has its benefits…One that we really like is it makes people around you happy! So, we hope you can find time to practice MMI’s tips to building better relationships at work…Oh, and the quiz you took. If you answered 1-3 to any of the questions-Your workplace needs MMI Consulting. Give us a call, send us an email so we can chat about how to improve your workplace. We would love to hear from you!


Demetria and Lisa

Etiquette Experts