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4 Questions That Help Build Productive Workplace Relationships

Work friend

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I recently came across a Mashable article titled 4 Simple Questions That Will Make You More Likeable at Work.

Now, hopefully most of us don’t even need this article! But as its writer points out, sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we’ve said something, done something or inadvertently came across negatively to coworkers.

From both my HR experience and Career Coaching experience, I can tell you that while “being liked” isn’t the most important thing in your career, it definitely isn’t something you should dismiss. If you don’t have a respectful, healthy relationship with coworkers, then you can kiss a lot of opportunities away.

Which brings me back to the article, identifying a more productive way to communicate with coworkers that will inherently build a bridge to a healthier relationship. McCord brings up 4 questions all should ask:

  1. How can I help?
  2. Could you tell me more?
  3. What are your thoughts on this?
  4. Would you like to grab a cup of coffee?

Read the whole piece to get more insight into why each of these questions have the power of developing a positive workplace relationship.

And please hit up the comments below to share any stories or learnings you have about what makes people more likeable in your workplace!