Building relationships at work is essential to creating a positive work-life.
According to a study conducted by LinkedIn, 46% of professionals worldwide believe that work friends are important to their overall happiness. We spend a lot of our time at work and having friends in the workplace can make that time more enjoyable.
However, if you’re not empathetic you’ll never be able to build these positive relationships. Nearly everyone has the ability to be empathic, but showing empathy at work can be difficult for a variety of reasons. Some of these potential empathy blockers include:
· Busyness and distractions.
· Being frustrated or annoyed.
· Feeling “social distance” from your coworkers.
All of these factors contribute to why it can be hard to show empathy at work.
Still, showing empathy is the best way to build real friendships at work and you need to work at being empathetic in the workplace if you want to develop your work relationships.
Fortunately, GetCRM has put together a guide for improving empathy at work. Their guide features tips such as:
· Traveling more.
· Learning new skills and abilities.
· Reading more often.
· Having deeper conversations with your colleagues.
· And more.
You can use these tips to increase your empathy and overcome the common barriers at work.
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