In many ways we live in virtual worlds. We communicate by e-mail, texting and social media. We work with people in different states and countries. Coworkers who work in different countries, locations, or even in the same building can go weeks without face-to-face contact. Economic conditions have created an environment of fear, anxiety, and mistrust. How can you counteract this?
Positive work relationships have been shown to increase productivity, engagement, and commitment. Create meaningful relationships at work so that you look forward to joining your colleagues every day. Small talk may be annoying, but it lays the foundation for connection. Reach out to coworkers: ask them questions about their lives. Be appreciative of everyone from the maintenance worker to the receptionist. Most importantly, be genuine in these interactions. If you’re fully present, these relationships will pay off.
What if you’re a solopreneur? Join networking groups. Meet regularly with local business owners to and form strong relationships with them. Whether you own the compnay, work for someone else, or are an independent agent, it is more important than ever to create these relationships to keep your productivity,, engagement, and performance up and maintain a healthy, positive attitude.