Labor Relations: How To Improve A Tense Environment With Your Coworkers?

Labor Relations How To Improve A Tense Environment With Your Coworkers
Labor Relations How To Improve A Tense Environment With Your Coworkers

Work is undoubtedly one of the most demanding activities in the life of any person. You spend most of your time in an office with your co-workers and with your own family or friends, which is why, when the work environment is tense, it is very difficult to deal with the situation in a “normal” way.

This type of situation happens to both the smallest and the largest companies. That is why, based both on my work experience and the work experience of other people, I come to recommend some tips to improve almost immediately a tense work environment and therefore a more harmonious work relationship.

Tip 1: Know your workers in depth and earn your trust
Many books about how to deal with a work environment suggest an “effective, efficient and transparent” communication to deal with any employment situation. Based on previous experiences, my suggestion is that you first have to know your workers in depth before jumping into effective and transparent communication.

Why? Because many times workers do not open up to the employer for fear of something negative arising (such as dismissal) for “talking more than necessary.” It is for this reason that a boss (or the head of the department) must know in depth his workers and thus win their trust so that, in case of tense work environments, they are totally sincere and solve it quickly and efficiently.

How is this achieved? With an open and sincere personal communication. According to this is achieved “Not being afraid to say what you think, listen carefully to the opinions of others and learn from your mistakes with education and professionalism. With this, you will build healthy and lasting work relationships. ”

Based on the above, be nice, meet your department workers as well as the palm of your hand and they will open communicatively with you and trust you much more easily, being honest about work situations not pleasant for the team of work.

Tip 2: Fluid communication and direct to
Once the confidence stage has been overcome, it is time to enter into the field of fluid communication and the best way to do it is by being frank and straight to the point. Attacking the employment situation that feeds the poor state of the employment relationship is the key to efficient, effective and smooth productivity among the members of your department.

Steve Jobs with Apple is a good example of fluent communication to solve labor relations problems. Steve Jobs only hired 100 people for the entire company, neither more nor less. Although in principle this sounds crazy, the truth is that it had very positive effects in the different work environments of the company.

In his official biography, Steve Jobs argued that “hiring 100 people facilitated my personal relationship with each worker and vice versa, so that, if he had any problems with them, we talked directly and without much detour about the problem and we solved it in less of a day “. In other words, by having a strong trust with the worker, solutions to different problems arise naturally and fluid communication is maintained.

A few years ago, I worked in a marketing department for a real estate sales company and under my charge I had 6 people who got along very badly and created a tense environment within the department. Applying tips 1 and 2, I was able to solve the problems that the marketing department had in less than 1 week and from then on we started to work efficiently and effectively in the company.

Emphasizing all the above, it is worth mentioning what it says about fluid communication, “You have to be always direct in what you have to communicate to other people and take advantage of free time to talk with colleagues about the work or other issues, this helps disconnect a bit from the routine and strengthen relationships. ”

Tip 3: Labor problems vs. personal problems
Without a doubt, this is one of the most difficult tips to achieve due to multiple factors. Although we are human and relationships inevitably affect us in one way or another, the separation of labor relations and personal relationships are a key point for a stable and productive work environment.

We all have our personal problems, but that does not mean that we have to transmit our negativity to the company or transfer the problems to the place where we work. You always have to remain neutral once you enter the company, leave home situations inside the home and those of work in the workplace.

In the words of the economist and entrepreneur Sandra Miranda Forero can be quoted: “We have all had to face at some point in our life, a difficult emotional situation, having in turn to face the work responsibilities. Never feel sorry for it. Feel proud of your courage and demonstrate your professionalism without self-pity. It is not easy, but it is possible”.

Every problem has its solution, the important thing is not to mix the problems of work with personal problems and vice versa. For a mental health both personal and professional, it is necessary to separate the problems and find the solution as quickly as possible and in this way you can improve both work and personal relationships.

What do you think?

Written by Geekybar

Linguist-translator by education. I have been working in the field of advertising journalism for over 10 years.

For over 7 years in journalism. Half of them are as editor. My weakness is doing mini-investigations on new topics.


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