Feeling disconnected? As the restrictions that Covid so lovingly enforced begin dissipating, some of us might be eager to get back out there. To enjoy that office atmosphere and happy hour. But what about those of us that are a little reticent? What can we do to build better work relationships?
Whether you are back in the office or working remotely, our connection with our team is a crucial piece of our career puzzle. We are in the people business and therefore need to nurture these relationships. What steps can you take if you are a little hesitant to reengage on an in-person level? Conversely, what if you can’t wait to dive back into all the social aspects of our industry? How can you encourage fellow team members to do the same?
Key Questions/Topics Covered
Happy hour is back! – Are you coming?
Many of us probably found ourselves overworking during the height of Covid. It was too easy to just do one more thing, and let’s face it: What else did we have to do? But yet again, times are changing. Happy hour is back! So are the many in-person workshops and seminars that we have missed. If you find that you are struggling with the idea of any of these functions, here are a few things that can help you get going:
- Seek out the support of your network
- Find what interests you most and expand on that
- Create small attainable goals that foster continued growth
Our work relationships need to be nurtured if we are going to be productive and successful team members. At the end of the day, nobody can force us, but we all need to take a hard look at our goals and career path and honestly ask if these would suffer if we don’t reengage socially.
Be a workplace relationship ambassador
Okay, you are at happy hour, and your crowd is looking thin. Or perhaps, you have noticed a lack of enthusiasm from your team regarding an upcoming event. What can you do? Be an ambassador for change. Find ways to motivate your team and help those struggling to set and reach their goals for better interpersonal relationships.
Again, you can start small for those that are really struggling to find their social groove again and build from there. The point is to keep it positive and keep moving forward. If you are in a leadership position, why not sit down individually with each team member and see what they need? Once you know what motivates them, you are better positioned to help them.
It has been a very long two years or so. We may all be dealing with a Covid hangover, so to speak. Regardless, it’s time to get out of our pjs and get back out there. It may be challenging at first, but you and your fellow workmates will quickly see the benefits.
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