Management Tip of the Day: Meaningful relationships at work

Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:51am EDT
 
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - Having meaningful relationships at work is important in at a time when rates of disengagement at the office are higher than ever, according to Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (http:\\www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Workers report higher rates of disengagement at work than ever before.

Coworkers who work in different countries, locations, or even in the same building can go weeks without face-to-face contact. And the recession has created an environment of fear, anxiety, and mistrust.

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."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "Managing Yourself: What Brain Science Tells Us About How to Excel" by Edward M. Hallowell.

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