Building a close relationship with your colleagues is important as it has a long-term positive effect on your working environment, company morale, and even work quality.
Here are 5 things you can start doing now in your workplace that is sure to build a strong bond and improve communication with your colleagues:
1) Make/Bring Them Coffee
Just like many of us start our day with a cup of coffee, we're starting the list with this action that will earn you much love and respect from your team. An act such as offering to make or getting someone coffee is small yet impactful. It shows you care about them and is great for team spirit.
2) Be Attentive
Being attentive includes paying attention to whoever is speaking, noticing what people like and dislike, as well as little quirks and traits about them. Afterwards, referencing things they've mentioned before will shows the other person that they are valued and respected.
3) Saying 'Please' and 'Thank you'
Unfortunately, many people forget these small gestures of appreciation, particularly when we have been around people for a long time and have become comfortable with them. With 'please', you don't always have to actually say the word to be polite - if your tone is demanding, it can be off-putting, and so by asking people for favors and tasks in a tone that is friendly , it shows that you are not taking their efforts for granted. Saying 'thank you' is also crucial for showing gratitude for the other person - make sure to thank people for even the smallest actions and favors.
4) Celebrating (Even the Small) Successes
When your achievements are acknowledged, you truly feel rewarded, energized, and appreciated. Acknowledging every single person's achievements does wonders for team morale. Once again, this shows team members that they are valued, and that they are making a difference in the office that is not going unnoticed.
5) Bring them Karak!
Yes, Karak needs its own category. We're ending our list in true Qatari fashion by mentioning the beloved drink. While many of us are fueled by our daily coffees, we wish we had time to run to our favorite local tea shop in the morning for a quick fix. Grabbing some Karak for your colleagues will be the key to their hearts, no doubt. Whether you bring in some on Sunday for a great start of the week, or mid-week for some energizing fuel, or on Thursday to end with a great mood, you can't go wrong with Karak.
Get cracking with these tips now, and start seeing a better, healthier, and more enjoyable working environment that will set you up for success.
Have a great day!
Your JP team.