Interpersonal Skills define your Career in the Long Run
Interpersonal skills are vitally important at work. To effectively interact, communicate and reason, every human being requires interpersonal skills. How people around you see you, be it your boss, colleague or even office staff, depends significantly on your interpersonal skills. It can have a big effect on your long term career and also on your daily life. You may be a very hard worker or even a brilliant employee but if you do not share a good rapport with your co-workers, you may find it difficult to move up in your career.
Employers these days realize the significance of employees having strong interpersonal skills, such as leadership and teamwork. They usually hire candidates with such skills so that they can effectively communicate with co-workers, customers and clients. Fortunately, interpersonal skills can be developed over time even if you are not good at it.
The following tips will not only help you to understand appropriate interpersonal skills at the workplace but also change the way others see you.
Smile Often – Try and maintain a cheerful and jovial mood around your co-workers. People who always appear sad, worried or indifferent tend to repel others. Keep a positive attitude about your work and life. Upbeat and happy energy is contagious.
Pay Attention to Others – Show interest in other people’s lives. Share their joyous moments and express concern or sympathy during their hard times. When in a discussion, always ask others for their opinions.
Show your Appreciation – When someone assists you with something, thank them and show appreciation for their efforts. Be generous with your words of encouragement. Praise people when you realize they have done a commendable job. Showing appreciation makes others want to do better and develops a positive relationship.
Listen Attentively – When you give your full attention to hear someone out, it shows your interest and intention to understand that person’s point of view. Co-workers appreciate this and will be willing to lend you a ear as well, when you need it.
Resolve Issues among Colleagues – Try and be the person who resolves conflicts between people. Try to sort out their differences with a calm demeanour and hear out both parties. Remember that an effective mediator should always have a neutral standpoint.
Communicate Clearly – Ensure that you know exactly what you communicate and how you communicate it. This helps in avoiding any misunderstandings with colleagues and peers. Using the right words in the right situations goes a long way in creating a positive impression in people’s minds.
Show your Sense of Humour – Never hesitate to be humorous or clever when the situation is right. Making people laugh is the best way to break the ice and form a strong bond among peers.
Empathize with your Co-workers – While dealing with difficult scenarios, put yourself in the other person’s shoes to comprehend his/her point of view. Try to focus on their perspective before reaching a decision or resolving an issue.
Be a Team Player – Being a team player is crucial in a work environment where people work in a group. It also exhibits your ability to work with peers who are from varied backgrounds with different cultures. Not only does it show positive results in your work, it also helps build camaraderie.
Keep these points in mind and try to develop these attributes at your workplace. Even if you are hesitant or nervous about interactions, practising these actions on a regular basis will enhance your interpersonal skills and ensure a rewarding future ahead.
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