Human beings are naturally social creatures. And when you consider that we spend one-third of our lives at work, it's clear that good relationships with colleagues will make our jobs more enjoyable.
The professional relationship is built between two or more professionals and observes a set of established boundaries or limits. This kind of relationship is typically built among employees working at the same company. However, it’s possible to build connections at other companies and organizations in and outside of your professional field.
Good work relationships also give you freedom. Instead of spending time and energy dealing with negative relationships, you can, instead, focus on opportunities – from winning new business to focusing on personal development.
Professional relationships are ultimately cultivated to help serve you as you work towards tasks on your job and goals in your career. These relationships are key in career development, as they allow you to potentially learn from others and utilize key connections to advance.
Staying connected and developing professional relationships takes time, work, and strategy. If you’re trying to improve your professional connections, here are a few times for doing so both in your current work environment as well as online.
Keep eyes 'open'
Improve Your Communication Skills
Respond to feedback
Celebrate Others, too
Groundwork is necessary