The desire for love and friendship is a universal one across the human race. This basic need for humans dates back to the dawn of mankind. Chances for survival were much higher for those involved in emotional relationships. These interpersonal relationships have developed and evolved to become quite an important aspect of teamwork in the workplace.
Although the need for companionship is something innate to human nature, the way we interact and relate to other people is learned early on in our lives. It is unique and individual to each of us.
We first begin learning this from our family structure, both immediate and extended families, then later at school, in our neighborhoods, and amongst our parents’ peers.
By witnessing and interacting with other relationships around us, we learn how to interact socially. This all impacts our morals, what we perceive to be right and wrong, as well as the consequences of our actions on others.
Social Interaction in the Workplace
It may not be too apparent at face value, but these lessons we learn at a young age do directly affect how we interact with and get along with our co-workers. It’s quite a simple equation really: stronger interpersonal relationships mean more transparent and effective communication between members of the team.
Achieving Collective Goals
When an organization gets filled with team members who have reliable and quality relationships, they can better interact and work together effectively.
This ultimately means that everyone is on the same page, with the same vision for the team and the goals they want to achieve. Healthy relationships make it easier to reach the overarching goals of the organization, too.
Goal-setting is often an exercise that takes place within team building sessions or leadership training.
Support System of Co-Workers
When co-workers have good interpersonal relationships, they nurture a support system amongst themselves. This helps to distribute the so-called “emotional load” across the team.
In this way, the team never feels strained emotionally, as they can depend on one another for support. As a result, your team is stronger and more efficient, something you want in your business.
Leading a Diverse Group
As it is with any aspect of life, each is different, especially when it comes to how they’ve developed the interpersonal skills. This is important to understand when you are the leader of such a group.
You need to negotiate everyone’s strengths and their weaknesses to ensure your team performs at the peak. Work on these interpersonal relationships with regular team-building exercises.
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