Work at your relationship with colleagues

2019-09-25 06:01
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How one relates to others, matters immensely.

A quote by Albert Schweitzer really made me think.

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.”

Add to this another statement: “Therefore, keep light in your heart. For where there are flowers, there should be sunlight.” “Therefore, keep light in your heart. For where there are flowers, there should be sunlight.”

After reading this, I began to realise the importance of relationships, especially those in the workplace.

To simplify these statements, let’s assume for a moment that “sunlight” represents relationships, “flowers” represents people, and “rekindle” represents activation.

From the biblical point of view there is a statement that emphasises the concept as follows “Bad habits spoil good relationships.”

First, keep this in mind – relationship is not “real-chin-chip.” Your attitude and character will determine the kind of relationships you have and how you relate to others.

Some relationships define character as what one really is and reputation as what people really think one is.

There are different types of characters in relationships. Let’s look into two of these types often found in the workplace.

  • Passive character

An organisation that houses passive employees will not survive for too long.

Normally, these kinds of organisations are characterised by employees who are mere onlookers, people who are wary to take a stand.

A Biblical character by the name of Saul was a passive spectator when Stephen, the first martyr for Christ, was stoned to death.

  • Aggressive character

This type of character is commonly known for his quick “no”. This character does not accommodate different opinions and can further aggravate unresolved conflicts. He can poison any good relationship to defend his negative course. He is quick to get angry when things do not go his way.

It has been asked what makes a good relationship between a leader and his or her subordinate.

“Is it his IQ, his level of education, abilities, reputation or financial status? Maybe . . but it is only when these qualities are imported from the leader to his subjects.” But if they always remain with him to distinguish himself/herself from the rest, then they absolutely mean nothing!

Now let us look at some types of relationships found in the workplace.

  • The collegial relationship

This relationship has to do with collectiveness and shared responsibilities, mostly in the context of education-related matters.

  • The convivial relationship This relationship is described as relaxed, friendly and cooperative, as is typical among a group of close colleagues. It creates an interesting, friendly, enjoyable, peaceful and warm atmosphere.

Pastor T.D. Jakes once said: “If you do not relate well to people, you cannot achieve what you aspire for.”

May you continue to work towards achieving the best workable relationship between you and your colleagues.


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