Career satisfaction depends on the positive rapport that you build with your colleagues. Building supportive relationships at work take time and effort. Here are 7 ways you can build rapport with your colleagues while getting your work done.

Practice Positive Communication Skills

The root of all workplace conflict is poor communication. Your relationship with your colleagues can become estranged when you do not practice honest and open communication techniques. Whether you communicate by telephone, email or in-person, you should pay close attention to the way you craft your words and the tone of your voice. It only takes one misunderstanding to undermine a work relationship. It is important to be mindful that communication includes talking and listening. When your colleagues are speaking, it is important to practice active listening strategies. Good communication can ensure that no one feels misunderstood after an interaction.

Treat Everyone with Respect

It is easy to show your immediate supervisors and the CEO of the company respect. After all, they are your bosses, and you want them to view you in a positive light. Instead of treating people differently according to their rank in the company, it is always a good idea to treat everyone with similar respect. When your colleagues feel respected by you, they are more likely to be collaborative and go the extra mile on a project.

Fulfill the Duties of Your Job

As an employee of an organization, you are hired to do your job well. This means that you should always perform your job at a high level. Your colleagues will see your performance and want to collaborate with you on different projects. If you have not been adequately fulfilling the duties of your job, your colleagues might be required to pick up your slack. This will make them resentful, and create a distance between you and your colleagues.

Enhance Your Team Building Skills

Learning how to work effectively with your colleagues takes training. You should not feel inadequate if building effective working relationships does not come naturally to you. There are courses and books about team building skills that will provide you with the tools to grow in this area.  Being humble enough to keep yourself teachable is important in a professional environment.

Keep All Working Relationships Professional


When you spend over 40 hours each week working with the same people, you might become so comfortable with them that you let your professional guard down. This is especially true if your colleagues become friends outside of the work environment. Personal interactions with your colleagues may cause you to reveal things that might come back to haunt you in the future. Developing personal relationships with colleagues might lead to disagreements that can cause workplace conflict. In many instances, mixing business with pleasure can lead to negative consequences.

Never Complain to Colleagues

Workplace stress is not uncommon, and there will be some aspects of your job that you do not like. Although you might share the same complaints, you should never complain about work to your colleagues. Complaining at work does not solve any problems, but it does decrease productivity. Chronic complainers are often avoided at work. If you must vent your dissatisfaction, talk to a trusted friend, spouse or parent.

Take Responsibility for Mistakes

Every person makes mistakes at work from time to time. As an adult, you should make every effort to take ownership of your mistakes especially at work. Passing the buck and blaming other colleagues can tarnish your reputation as a trusted professional.

Building rapport with your colleagues can lead to workplace enjoyment and productivity. These strategies can help you build rapport while getting your work done.