Not Feeling the Love From Employers? Tips to Strengthen Your Potential Employer Relationships

As you venture into this new chapter of your life in the workplace, it’s important to build solid relationships with your employer and colleagues. Having a healthy and happy relationship with these individuals will not only support a productive workplace, but will also inspire you to be at the top of your game.

Below are a few tips on how to strengthen your relationships with potential employers and colleagues:

  • Ask for help.

Whenever you encounter a problem you are struggling to find a solution for, or you’ve bitten off more than you can chew, the mere act of asking for help will give you the opportunity to learn from your employers who have spent their years and expertise in the industry. If you’ve approached the situation and attempted to problem-solve with no success, consulting with your colleagues and employers are wonderful ways to collaborate and receive insight from different perspectives.

  • Be kind.

Kindness goes a long way. It’s as simple as that. Forget your non 9-5 personality and always leave your ego at the door. In the professional world, being kind can be contagious amidst the bombardment of deadlines, obligations, presentations and the toxicity in the workplace. Be kind by lending a helping hand or ear whenever possible.

  • Empower all roles.

In the workplace, there may be an existing hierarchy, but always aim to treat all individuals with equity and respect. Empower each individual and their respective roles in the company.

  • Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.

We all have different strengths and weaknesses. If you don’t regularly receive performance reviews, ensure you seek out feedback but also personally engage in self-evaluation to obtain an awareness of any skill gaps. 

  • Organize team building activities.

To get to know everybody better, why not organize a (possibly virtual) team building activity? Whether it’s an online escape room or scavenger hunt, engaging in these activities will not only allow you to learn about yourself but the individuals that you work with on a daily basis.

  • Presence matters

In order to strengthen your relationships in the workplace, you need to be present during the good and the bad times. You need to celebrate your wins with each other and learn to correct certain mistakes in order to work effectively with each other. In short, you need to be present during these crucial events in the day to day operations to maintain a comprehensive presence and awareness of the dynamics of your workplace.

Securing a position is one thing. But advancing professionally demands hard work and sacrifice to prove yourself and build healthy relationships with your colleagues. Do not shy away from adversity as these moments will only allow you to be a better version of yourself and forge stronger relationships with your colleagues.