Relationships at work

To have better working relationships, connect with colleagues on a personal level. Workplace friendships are built in the spaces between work, like before or after meetings. Take time for chance connections, even if they don’t feel productive in the moment.

If you have conflicts with a colleague, find a common goal to work toward. Gossip creates short-term intimacy but weakens your standing in a group. Frequent gossipers are seen as less trustworthy, powerful, and likeable. If gossip is your primary means of connecting, it may be time to reconsider.

It can damage your reputation and make it harder for coworkers to view you as a friend.