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Workplace relationships that don’t work can be stressful and destructive. When a relationship starts to get into difficulty – at work as elsewhere – people generally don’t address things soon enough. As a result, often they will feel that they have left it too late.

An organisation is simply an extended network of relationships. The quality of Workplace Relationships determines the culture of the organisation, how it functions, levels or morale, productivity and much more.

Many employees spend more time with co-workers than they do with their families, so it’s important to enable them to build good relationships with their co-workers. While this happens naturally in healthy organisations, current trends – pressure to get the job done, fewer resources, lower staffing levels etc. – make it less likely to occur naturally. When workplace relationships suffer, tensions increase along with symptoms like lower morale and falling productivity and disagreements. Bit it doesn’t have to be like that.

Conflict and tensions damage workplace relationships. When a relationship starts to get into difficulty – at work as elsewhere – people generally don’t address things soon enough. As a result, often they will feel that they have left it ‘too late’. But it is rarely too late. I teach teams and individuals how to manage conflict productively in the early stages and, where it has escalated, how conflict resolution can lead to a radical shift in thinking that really benefits those involved and restores viable workplace relationships.

Conversely, when you help create a positive working environment, workplace relationships are healthy and people can express themselves openly, honestly and respectfully. Wbhen employees know they’ll be heard and that they are taken seriously, everyone benefits. Creativity and productivity increase along with enthusiasm and engagement.

Unresolved conflict at work has a toxic effect which affects the whole system. Conversely, a harmonious working environment benefits morale, performance and even profitability.

You can contact me to find out how I can help.

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