Managing workplace relationships is an important part of everyone’s career skill set, no matter what their rank in the office hierarchy. Stack says that people in leadership roles can be precedent setters for achieving interaction between staff and management that is both respectful and productive.
“If you let others speak to you disrespectfully or second-guess your decisions, not only are they going to continue that behavior, but it is only going to get worse as time goes on,” Stack says.
“The mindset where you actively teach others how to treat you doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but once you make it a habit you may be surprised at how easy it is to do.”
Stack also points out that the tools for managing workplace relationships can work in relationships outside of the workplace as well, in varying degrees.
“You are entitled to certain boundaries and expectations, no matter who you are dealing with,” she says.
Building relationships without compromising professionalism can be done, and learning how is not complicated according to Stack.
“It doesn’t mean that you never take off your ‘professional’
To find out more about developing workplace relationships while maintaining productivity, visit the Productivity Pro website at The Productivity Pro, send an Email to Laura@TheProductivityPro.com, or call (303) 471-7401.
About Laura Stack:
Laura Stack is a time management and productivity expert who has been speaking and writing about human potential and peak performance since 1992. She has implemented employee productivity improvement programs at Wal-Mart, Cisco Systems, UBS, Aramark, and Bank of America. Stack presents keynotes and seminars internationally for leaders, entrepreneurs, salespeople, and professional services firms on improving output, lowering stress, and saving time in the workplace.
The president of The Productivity Pro®, Inc., a time management firm specializing in high-stress environments, Stack is the bestselling author of five books: “SuperCompetent”