It may seem that the workplace has a lot of rules and guidelines. Well, it does. Such rules are in place to guide how to dress, act, or how to just work more effectively. However, the professional world should place just as much emphasis on the importance of building rapport, which helps you create a mutual trust with those at your job.
Building rapport in the professional world promotes a healthy work environment and allows you to cultivate long-lasting interpersonal relationships. Yet, this task can seem intimidating, but the reality is that it’s easier than you think.
Below you’ll find some ways that will allow you to build rapport at work, which in turn will make your experience in your job more bearable.
For many, their presence at work supersedes their presence at home. So, it makes sense to be mindful of your work environment. That means not only paying attention to your job-related assignments but also your co-workers. Get to know them a bit. You can use small talk to let them know you are paying attention if you don’t feel comfortable blurring lines. For instance, if they mention that they were battling a migraine the day before, you might want to follow-up the next day to ask them how they’re feeling. It’ll make them feel heard, hence establishing the fundamental blocks of trust.
You might’ve been taught to mind your business at work, but sometimes that is not a possibility. There are people whose issues seep into the workplace, and you shouldn’t judge them for it. Sometimes, it can be something work-related, such as a demotion, which can understandably be devastating to many. So, instead of ignoring their hardships, be mindful of what’s going on around you. You can start by lending co-workers an ear. Also, express concern while trying to put yourself in their shoes. Of course, this has to be on their own terms. Don’t push them towards you just so you can practice your empathy skills. Make sure to refer them to a professional if you feel they need more guidance.
Everyone deals with work in their own way. However, having someone to speak about the challenges at work can be comforting. This is why it can be beneficial to be approachable — not only to your co-workers but for you as well. I’m not saying that you need to fix your resting “B” face, but try to add peace at the workplace rather than the opposite. Just remember to be professional and respectful at all times.
Building rapport allows you to gain the trust of the people around you. You might not think this is important, but you’ll find that a work environment where trust is involved is a workplace worthwhile for your time and the time of those around you.