Meeting new people and forming good relationships can seem like a daunting task, to begin with, but when using the three c’s of connection you may find it a little easier to meet and bond with new people on a deeper level. The first few weeks of meeting a new employee are crucial to set not only the work standard but also the open workplace culture you want to provide. By giving psychological safety early on you will be avoiding an abundance of possible future issues. Compliment Compliments at work are an especially good way to give short, simple, yet effective feedback to your employees as well as being a pleasant way to give a warm welcome to newcomers. Giving compliments can also be beneficial to yourself since you’ll be looking at the positives around you which leads to a healthier and happier mindset. Some examples of compliments you could use are; • “Your efforts at strengthening our culture have not gone unnoticed, fantastic work!” • “You always find a way to get it done- and done well!” • “Having you on the team makes a huge difference” • “It’s really admirable how you always see projects through from conception to completion” Congratulate Giving congratulations may seem quite similar to complimenting, and well it is when looking at it plainly. As a business, you should know how drastic certain achievements can be, and although all the hard work leading to it is just as important, the achievement itself is the big finale, so let’s work on recognising and showing appreciation for meeting goals and exceeding standards. There is only gain in congratulating employees and the more you make your employees aware that you value their achievements and want to celebrate with them, the better your corporate culture will be. Even better, not only are you able to congratulate work-related achievements but also external events too, these acknowledgements are more easily made and tend to bring deeper connections as you discuss personal lives. Some examples of congratulations you can use are; • “Congratulations on your well-deserved success” • “So pleased to see you accomplishing great things” • “Warmest congratulations on your achievement” • “Incredible to see how you exceeded our expectations with this achievement” (These examples do not name specific achievements, but when using them you should)
In every relationship, there are two guiding forces, commonality, the things we have in common, and polarity, our differences. Both are important but here we’ll focus on commonality as research shows that our similarities are what creates the better friendship base to begin with. Psychology professor David DeSteno says “When it comes to empathy and compassion, the most powerful tool is a sense of similarity - a belief that people’s interests are joined and thus that they’re all on the same team and will benefit from supporting each other” Teams are the future of any workplace and commonality inspires empathy within them. Such an understanding environment benefits relationships between all employees, so take the time to find your similarities and understand each other, you may even find new interests you hadn’t thought of before.
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