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The relationship between colleagues in the workplace is unique, and many employees aren’t sure how to establish relationships with them outside of the office. At the end of the day, however, when you are able to relate well with your co-workers on unofficial matters, it can positively impact how everyone performs their jobs.

In fact, building wholesome and meaningful relationships with your co-workers can greatly influence the efficiency and growth of the company overall. And investing the time to get to know who people are when they aren’t working can have a substantial impact on you too.

Here’s how:

    1. Less Risk of a Hostile Work Environment

When you take the time to get to know who the people working alongside you are, you reduce the likelihood of a hostile work environment developing. This is because you become more in-tune with each other, which makes it easier to identify when something isn’t right and needs fixing.

    1. Increased Communication and Productivity

Knowing the people you work with outside of the office will also assist in establishing better communication. And better communication will help everyone relate better, which in turn will improve productivity levels. Why? Because there’s more of a sense of comradery and teamwork, and people don’t want to let their teammates down.

    1. Less Stress and Everyone Is Happy

While it might seem silly, it is important to note that statistically, a higher percentage of employees do their best work when they are happy in the environment in which they are working. While the pressure to perform still exists, it is tempered by a community of fellow colleagues who understand you and can easily pick up the slack when needed.

    1. It Humanizes You

One very important benefit of taking the time to get to know your co-workers is that they get to know you in return. The essence of this cannot be stressed enough since people get a better picture of who you are and what serves as your motivation. This is an essential way to build lasting mutual respect between you and your colleagues, and are the types of bonds that don’t break, even long after you’ve left that particular workplace.

So, take the time to start getting to know your colleagues, since it’ll prove to be worth it in the long-run.

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