Indore: “Enthusiasm cannot survive in a negative environment. If you always have negative thoughts and are always looking at the glass as half empty, you will find your enthusiasm dissipate very quickly. You need to be positive for your enthusiasm to thrive. Look at the silver lining. Look on the bright side of things. This keeps a better relationship at workplace.”

This was said by Aseem Shrivastava, former managing director of Kirlokskar Ltd. He was addressing a one-day workshop organised by Indore Management Association (IMA) for corporate people here on Thursday. The module for the workshop was: ‘Building better work relationships’.

He started his session by saying that human beings are naturally social creatures, good working relationships give us many benefits our work is more enjoyable when we have good relationships with those around us. Also, people are more likely to go along with changes that we want to implement, and we’re more innovative and creative. There are several characteristics that make up good, healthy working relationships:

Trust: This is the foundation of every good relationship. When you trust your team and colleagues, you form a powerful bond that helps you work and communicate more effectively. If you trust the people you work with, you can be open and honest in your thoughts and actions, and you don’t have to waste time and energy “watching your back.”

Mutual Respect: When you respect people that you work with, you value their input and ideas and they value yours. Working together, you can develop solutions based on your collective insight, wisdom and creativity.

Mindfulness: This means taking responsibility for your words and actions. Those who are mindful are careful and attend to what they say and they don’t let their own negative emotions impact the people around them.

Welcoming diversity: People with good relationships not only accept diverse people and opinions, but they welcome them. For instance, when your friends and colleagues offer different opinions from yours, you take the time to consider what they have to say, and factor their insights into your decision-making.

Open communication: We communicate all day, whether we’re sending emails and IMs, or meeting face-to-face. The better and more effectively you communicate with those around you, the richer your relationships will be. All good relationships depend on open, honest communication.

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