- 89% said that their work relationships were important to their quality of life.
- 64% of employees with friends at work love their companies (compared to 24% who do not have friends).
- 48% of employees with friends at work report being highly engaged (compared to 28% with no friends at work).
Work culture is unique. It is one where we can operate in a purely transactional manner, not really knowing the people we work with. We put on facades, build walls, or shy away from appearing vulnerable
. But what are we so afraid of? When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, share our values, and be authentic, we build genuine connections. In Mo’s book, he discusses 7 keys to building meaningful relationships at work. As a leader, if you’re looking for ways to strengthen the relationships on your team, these 7 key strategies are a great place to start:
When we know we are not going to be judged, that makes for a safe environment. And if you don’t have that, you are not going to be your authentic self, and will be unable to build good relationships.
This one sounds exciting, right? It refers to having real fun (vs fake fun at company events when putting our best foot forward). Think of mischievous fun as letting your guard down – allowing you to connect on a personal level.
“Vulnerability is the currency of relationships. Without vulnerability, relationships remain superficial.” – David Bradford. When we share our feelings about a sick relative or a child struggling in school, we connect as humans – and often find we have common fears with those who sit across the hall.
When something is bothering us, we should express our feelings in a kind way (vs a bull in a China shop) – because we value our relationship with the other person.
This can mean different things to different people. But that’s where the magic lies – learning what it means to be reliable to someone enables us to respond to one another effectively, building trust – the foundation of any healthy relationship.
Sharing & Generosity
At work, show your generosity
by offering to help a coworker who is up against a deadline or offer to grab coffee for the team when working late. Acts like this go a long way in building respect in a relationship.
Shared Purpose & Values
When you hire people, whose values do not align with those of your company, trying to build relationships is hard. When people who operate by a different value set enter your organization, they slowly dilute your culture.
When we are emotionally connected to people we work with, we are more engaged and are willing to do whatever it takes to make the company successful. People want to work around others they know and trust. Offering a culture where people can connect and build meaningful relationships will have your organization reaping the rewards of greater productivity, collaboration, and engagement for years to come.
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where you will find valuable resources to help you create and strengthen your most valuable strategic asset, your culture.