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Apr 13, 2018
This article is part of a series called Editor's Pick.

Emotions are all around us in the office; after all, we are human right? I think we as professionals tend to take on the world and forget that as much as we are expected to connect with strangers through varies social platforms, we also need to respect ourselves, be mindfulness and more importantly at with integrity for us to communicate with someone authentically. It’s crucial for us to understand how to manage the way we come across and how to cultivate productivity and build positive relationships through our actions.

Creating these relationships within your team can result in higher productivity. Rather than an ultimate goal, team building is an ongoing process, which requires nurturing and maintenance to flourish. Building positive relationships has incredible payoffs, including improved communication, increased creativity, and happier teams.

Integrity is one of the most important values that employers seek in the employees that they hire. Employers, business leaders, and employees can benefit from integrity in the workplace. Integrity involves moral judgment and character, honesty and leadership values. Individuals who show integrity in the workplace not only understand right from wrong but they practice it in all they do. This is beneficial in a business environment where trustworthy actions set the foundation for successful business relationships.

That being said, I’d like to share some steps I feel we could all take which would allow each of us to work better together, grow trust, increase support and exude respect. During the next few weeks, I want to share how we can empower and respect each other, regardless the titles we carry. Through our actions and by sharing conversations, we can start changing the way we treat each other and build better relationships.

Rules of Engagement

Before teams can function efficiently and interact meaningfully, they should reflect knowledge and respect, which are the foundation for positive interaction. Ground rules help create efficiency and success for everyone.

Define Goals and Roles

Defining roles can increase positive feelings because members understand their personal and interpersonal responsibilities when contributing to the team’s overall mission. This will also allow members to learn about and respect others’ contributions while brainstorming ways to increase collaboration and mutual respect.

Personal and Professional

Although you expect your team members to function professionally, allowing them space to share their own experiences can contribute to more “human” interactions in the workplace. Set aside some time to get to know the team. This will create a specific value where being human is welcomed. This can also lead to the removing any doubt and efficiently remove any stressful situations.

Establish Effective Communications

When teams grow, excellent communication and collaboration are so essential to establish and build the strength, trust, and value of each team member. Your team will feel empowered and encouraged to be thoughtful with sharing varies their true thoughts – whether they are different or agreeing. They’ll feel more comfortable with positive-minded disagreements, which can deepen trust and increase loyalty with one another and productive for the employer. Encouraging different ideas in a peaceful, productive way will remind team members that relationships come first; unpopular or risky ideas won’t result in negative interactions with the team. In return, will allow connections to prospects could be more authentic, warm and have a positive reflection for the employer as well.

This article is part of a series called Editor's Pick.
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