By Mary Tabak, Our Kids Network Developmental Assets Manager
With our hectic work schedules through the year, the slower summer months can be a great time to organize, plan and prepare, and get to those little “side of your desk” projects.
Can it also be a time to think about building better work relationships? We know that strong work relationships are integral to meeting objectives and can greatly contribute to job satisfaction. Our Kids Network (OKN) knows that when professionals work as supportive team members, it has positive impacts on kids because we all bring our strengths to the table in the spirit of collaboration and positive relationships.
Here are few quick wins that can help you develop strong work relationships:
Be in touch
Via phone; email; coffee breaks, lunches; a few minutes before and after meetings. Take the time to stay connected.
Just be yourself.
Be a giver and a receiver
Great relationships are a two-way street.
Be generous in lending a hand to help others meet their goals; and don’t be afraid to be open to others helping you, too.
Build mutual respect
Respond in a timely manner; follow through with tasks; arrive for meetings on time; put phones away when others are speaking; listen carefully; be open to learning.
Identify shared goals and values
Start with the Halton 7 to help you with common goals.
Use humour as appropriate; celebrate a job well done; give positive feedback regularly.
Groups shared laughs and ideas at the 2017 OKN Asset-Building Forum.
Building strong work relationships doesn’t have to be complicated. Let’s create a professional environment in Halton where strong relationships are the norm – yes, with children, youth and families – but also with each other too!