One of the factors that could make a significant difference for your business is the strength of your relationships with the people you work with. Whether you own the business or you simply work for a business, it is always a good thing to attempt to build strong connections — it makes you a better boss, better employee and it leads to a better experience for customers. There are simple ways for you to develop and foster better relationships, and making this effort can lead to improvements for various aspects of your operations.
One of the most effective ways for you to build better relationships at work is to not be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Not only does this allow you to work closely with others, it allows people to see your vulnerability. Letting people know you want to do a good job and improve yourself will earn respect and lay the foundation for better connections with others. In the same way, allow others the freedom to ask for help and support when needed — then freely and gladly give it.
A key factor to building strong relationships is to avoid a tendency for perfectionism. Striving to be perfect only leads to frustration — perfect is an illusion. Instead, strive for excellence, improvement and growth. People do not really relate to those more focused on perfection instead of improvement. If you want better relationships, stop expecting people to be perfect. Give people the freedom to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes, including yourself.
While it sounds overly simple, treating others the way you wish to be treated is a great way to make sure you have better relationships with the people who work for you or with you. In the pursuit of success, do not forget the power and benefit of investing in people and treating others well.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC