Empathy can be a powerful tool for building positive work relationships.
However, empathy doesn’t come easily for everyone. That means potential conflicts with your colleagues, damage to your reputation, and perhaps also a negative impact on your productivity. Worse yet: if you’re not empathetic to your coworkers, they might wind up disliking you. And that makes for a long day at the office.
Empathy and Work Relationships
If you’re worried that your capacity for empathy might hinder your work relationships, don’t worry. After all, there are things you can do to hone your empathic skills and improve your relationships.
This infographic from GetCRM helps you discover ways to practice empathy in your everyday life. It could be as easy as reading an emotional book or engaging a deeply philosophical conversation. Whatever you do, you must first examine your personal biases and prejudices and learn to overcome them.
Improving your ability to empathize takes dedicated work. But you can leverage these techniques to steadily become more empathetic to others’ situations. Making this effort for co-workers is important to own job satisfaction, of course. But it will make their lives easier as well!
Good work relationships make everyone happy. And a happy office is not such a bad place to be.