Office Relationships Articles

Working with someone you hate

perparingforboxing33338232.jpgWork is usually not people's favorite place to be. However, it can be a lot worse if there is someone at work that you hate, or dislike strongly. No one wants to work in a hostile work environment. However, having a job is important, and sometimes you are forced to work with someone you hate, or quit. So, how can you work with someone you hate without hating your job as well? Consider the following:

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When your boss doesn't respect you

worriedmanonphone19220161.jpgIf you work somewhere that your boss doesn't respect you, it can be very uncomfortable. The majority of people spend over half of their life at work, so it is a good idea to find a job you love, with a boss that treats you right. Having a boss that does not respect you is a bigger deal than you may realize, here is why:

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When you like someone at work

watercoolertalk10053456.jpgThere is a taboo on office romances. While there are a number of television shows that depict successful, and not so successful office romances, most people know that you should not date someone you work with. The most obvious reason is that you will have to see them every day, so if it goes bad, then you are in for a world of frustration. So, with this in mind, what can you do when you like someone at work?

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Co-worker relationships

manandwomanatendofhall32810136.jpgThere is little that is harder to deal with than having a fight with someone you have to work with on a daily basis. Often times, co-worker relationships are great, and can make the work environment one that is extremely pleasant. Of course, when they are not pleasant, it makes work much harder. Here are some tips for keeping co-worker relationships happy and healthy:

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The Work Love Triangle

lawyer37472724.jpgRelationships in the workplace can disrupt the flow of work. If you just broke up with that guy from two rows over, there's likely to be some drama. It's better if you keep your workplace relationships strictly professional. You can be friends with people, but don't take it beyond friendship. Here's how to keep work relationships on a business level:

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The Boss Relationship

buisnessmeeting26238539.jpgLots of people don't get along with their boss well and lots more are trying but don't know how to go about it. Everyone has a different personality and a different work style, so blending those into one cohesive work environment can be challenging at best and impossible at worst. If you are having a hard time getting along with your boss, there may be some tricks to dealing with his or her personality type.

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Too friendly co-workers?

manwithdatebook23291499.jpgQuestion: My wife is really good friends with some of the people she works with. I want to encourage her to have friends at her office, but sometimes it makes me uncomfortable how friendly they are. She goes to lunch with one of the guys from her office several times a week, sometimes in a group, sometimes just the two of them. In addition, they often talk on the phone. Even though it is always about work, I can't help but wish they weren't quite so close. Am I over-reacting?

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My boss wants me to do more than work

Question: I think my boss may be hitting on me. He is a naturally friendly person, but sometimes his friendliness becomes slightly uncomfortable to me. He stops by my desk a lot just to chat, and he has asked me several times if I am happy in my marriage. I am friendly back, but have never encouraged his advances. I worry though that if I call him out on it, or reject him outright, I may get fired, demoted, or not be promoted when I should. It is a family run company, so there is no one I can go to about this that will be willing to hear about it. What should I do?

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Friends in sales

friends26651195.jpgQuestion: One of my girlfriends is into network marketing. She is involved in several of those pyramid scheme things, and finds a new one almost every year it seems. I am sick of listening to her pitch me every juice, makeup product, and supplement there is. How can I tell her nicely that while I want to be her friend, I don't want to be hit up to "start my own business" "get easy health" or whatever else it might be. How can I get my friend to stop trying to sell me on every scheme she is involved in?

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Simple tips to make friends at work

newspaper19313939.jpgIn today's society we find that most of our time is spent working. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to connect and make friends with those whom you spend the majority of your time? Whether you find yourself in a new job or just in a position where you are isolated from people this article will provide you with some helpful tips to help you make friends at work.

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Opening up to your co-workers and developing friendships with them

groupofmenatlunch30338711.jpgWhen you start a new job or you have new employee's hired on at your current job, you can find yourself forming bonds and friendships with a lot of new and diverse people. Learning about new people and opening up yourself to make co-workers your friends can be difficult and challenging at times.

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Making friends at work

businessmeeting30393267.jpgSome of us spend more time at work than at home. The people we work with tend to become like family members. They will be able to detect when we are going through a hard time and they are there to up-lift and encourage us. It is critical for your personal, emotional, and professional development to spend time making friends at work. Not everyone will get along with one another and become best friends, but it does help to have friends at work.

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How to make a new co-worker your friend

bikerace19288371.jpgHave a new hire in the office? Are you looking for a new friend? This is a situation that many of us find ourselves in. But how do you make the new co-worker your friend. First and foremost go introduce yourself to them. You can never make friends if you don't talk to people. But what do you say in the opening conversation? Here are a few talking points you might want to try out.

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How to connect with your co-workers

confidence30842627.jpgWhenever we start a new job, the thought that crosses all of our minds is if we will be able to do the job and be able to connect with our co-workers. Connecting to a new group of people can be hard, especially combining new co-workers with existing co-workers. These are people that you will see every day and possibly more than your own family. Finding the confidence to introduce yourself and putting yourself out there can be very intimating especially if you are a shy person. So how do you connect with your co-workers? Here are some easy tips that can help you connect with co-workers:

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Gift ideas for co-workers

giftbox36222432.jpgThere comes at least one time when we need to figure out what to give our co-workers as gifts for holidays, birthday, and special occasions. Giving a co-worker a gift for a holiday or occasion should come with a lot of thought put into it. Co-workers are people you do see five days a week. We all spend a lot of time with our co-workers at work, and not a lot of time outside of the office place. Selecting a gift can be simple for some co workers, but difficult for others.

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Getting along with co-workers

handshake30395603.jpgIt's not your fault that your co-workers may be difficult to get along with but it is your fault if you let them get to you. Even if you have obnoxious co-workers, you can still find ways to influence them. Getting along with your co-workers is important if you want to experience job satisfaction and if you want to keep your job! Although you may not be the difficult employee to get along with, you can lose your job if you make a big deal out of the person that is hard to get along with. Getting along with your co-workers comes down to having patience, respect, tolerance, and courtesy.

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Building a connection with your co-workers

busfriends30396999-1.jpgTo build solid relationships with your co-workers practice four principles: commonalities, connectivity, communication and collaboration. Each of these principles needs to be practiced to create a strong solid connection. While there is not a specific order (i.e. commonalities do not necessary need to come before communication), each of the principles is vital to creating a successful connection, and pleasant work environment.

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Boosting job satisfaction through healthy work relationships

businessmeeting30393267.jpgJob satisfaction is the outcome of two types of factors: intrinsic and extrinsic. One of the main extrinsic factors is the relationship of an employee with their supervisor. A leader's positive attitude toward their subordinates usually improves employee's attitudes toward work, their leader, and the organization. This in turn typically leads to higher intrinsic motivation for the employee. A good match between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation results in job satisfaction. How do you create this healthy relationship between the intrinsic and extrinsic factors? Both the supervisor and the employee need to maintain positive attitudes in creating a healthy working environment. If you are the supervisor here are some simple guidelines.

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Avoiding the inter-office drama and dating triangles

watercoolertalk10053456.jpgSince we spend the majority of our lives working, it is very easy to get caught up in the social drama and soap operas that exist within the workplace. It is natural for most individuals to be drawn in by gossip and need. However, to remain happy and successful while at work it is wise to avoid the inter-office drama and dating triangles that evolves.

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Handling harassment in the office

manandwomanatendofhall32810136.jpgHarassment in the office can include many different faces, from office bully to unwanted sexual contact, employees and businesses need to understand how to protect themselves from potentially serious and dangerous harassment issues.

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Finding time to compliment co-workers and boost employee morale

business41865609.jpgRecent studies have proven that the moral of a company's employees is directly linked to the profitability of the company. Old fashioned methods of offering financial incentives are no longer considered coveted perks in the business world and the economy has put many businesses in dire need of assistance when it comes to keeping employees happy and secure in the workplace. The ability to retain healthy, happy employees is a valuable commodity in the business world and creative benefits and finding time to compliment employees and boost morale in the office will help increase productivity and the bottom line.

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Dysfunctional boss and co-workers

perparingforboxing33338232.jpgDysfunctional corporate behavior, on the part of a boss or co-worker is something many of us have heard of, but rarely have put our workplace through the test of signs. Unprofessional activities in the workplace can cause an unhappy work environment as well as loss of productivity by employees and is shown in high turn over and lowered fiscal ratings. If you recognize some of these issues below, you may be in the midst of a counter-productive work environment:

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Dealing with office relationships

portfolio71367089.jpgOffice relationships, from friendships to more intimate partners have an impact on the office environment and the overall productivity in the office. Often time's co-workers spend significantly more time together than with their families and outside friends, so being able to separate private and work life is imperative. Multiple problems can arise from in-house relationships that will affect the entire team.

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Coping with conflict and miscommunication in the office

meninsuitswordfight32346821.jpgWe may not want to believe it, but all relationships face challenges and conflict, even in an office environment. Different personalities and perspectives along with varying degrees of professionalism and competition help us all deal, or in some cases, not deal with conflict. Conflict in workplace is often the result of simple miscommunications. There are some costly ways of handling miscommunication in the office that may have you dealing with consequences long after the matter has been addressed.

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Becoming a better co-worker


Work can be difficult and frustrating for everyone, especially if you have a hard time getting along with your co-workers. To make friends at work and become a better co-worker, follow these easy tips:

  • Quit complaining! When it comes to work, no one particularly enjoys it, but they have to do it to make a living. They feel the same work frustrations that you do so they don't want to hear you complain about your job and your work load all the time. The complaints also go about your personal life. If you are the only single one in the office, don't come in and whine about your lousy home life, they don't want to hear about it. They also don't want to hear you complain about your spouse and the other complaints you have. Leave those at home or take them to your shrink's office.

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Avoiding workplace relationship breakdowns


It happens all the time, one person in the office learns some gossip about another person and it spreads like wildfire. Pretty soon this individual is left hurt, embarrassed, upset, and frustrated with their job. There are a number of reasons that cause workplace unity to breakdown. This article will review some of the common things that cause workplace relationships to breakdown and how your office can avoid them.

Personal Relationships

One reason why a lot of co-workers don't get along is because of their personal relationships. Positive home lives can boost employee morale and helps them to become more productive. When they have a breakdown in their home relationships like divorce, death, arguments, etc., they tend to bring these to work and they will unload them on their co-workers. If you have an employee that comes in with a sour attitude or constantly complains about their home life, talk to them about their behavior. Let them know that they are dragging down the employee morale at the office and they either need to seek counseling or they need to look for a new job.

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A Friendly Work Arrangement


A friend called one day and asked if I was interested in working for him. Sound familiar? We are often excited about work opportunities we find and want to get our friends involved as well. Studies have shown that when friends work together at a company, their work is more efficient and better. However, working for a friend is an entirely different dynamic than working with a friend. When you friend is also your boss, it adds a whole different dynamic to your relationship. To help you decide if it is worth working for a friend, here is some advice.

, if your relationship with your friend isn't a strong one, don't do it. If your friend is your boss he or she is facing pressures and stress that can have a significant impact on your relationship. Staying friends rather than just being in business together takes more effort. Having your friend as your authority figure at work can add a dimension of respect into your relationship, but it can also chafe to have a friend tell you what to do. A strong relationship between friends can overcome obstacles of a boss/friend relationship, but a friendship that is just so-so will crumble under the pressure.

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Appropriate relationships with co-workers

The modern political and social climate necessitates a basic outline for appropriate relationships with co-workers. Sometimes this outline may seem a little silly and politically correct, but sometimes it can prove even to be a lifesaving kind of thing, what with the shootings we hear about so often and all. Everyone, for the sake of their and their family's safety-emotionally, financially, and even physically-should keep a few basic things in mind when it comes to appropriate relationships with co-workers.

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