So, what can you do to build better relationships at work?


Develop Your People Skills


Good relationships start with good people skills.


Identify Your Relationship Needs


Look at your own relationship needs. Do you know what you need from others? And do you know what they need from you?  Understanding these needs can be instrumental in building better relationships.


Schedule Time to Build Relationships


Devote a portion of your day toward relationship building, even if it's just 20 minutes, perhaps broken up into five-minute segments.


For example, you could pop into someone's office during lunch, reply to people's postings on LinkedIn, or ask a colleague out for a quick cup of coffee.


These little interactions help build the foundation of a good relationship, especially if they're face-to-face.


Focus on Your EI


Also, spend time developing your emotional intelligence (EI). Among other things, this is your ability to recognize your own emotions, and clearly understand what they're telling you.


High EI also helps you to understand the emotions and needs of others.


Appreciate Others


Show your appreciation whenever someone helps you. Everyone, from your boss to the office cleaner, wants to feel that their work is appreciated. So, genuinely compliment the people around you when they do something well. This will open the door to great work relationships.


Be Positive


Focus on being positive. Positivity is attractive and contagious, and it will help strengthen your relationships with your colleagues. No one wants to be around someone who's negative all the time.


Manage Your Boundaries


Make sure that you set and manage boundaries properly – all of us want to have friends at work, but, occasionally, a friendship can start to impact our jobs, especially when a friend or colleague begins to monopolize our time.


If this happens, it's important that you're assertive   about your boundaries, and that you know how much time you can devote during the work day for social interactions.


Avoid Gossiping


Don't gossip – office politics   and "gossip" are major relationship killers at work. If you're experiencing conflict with someone in your group, talk to them directly about the problem. Gossiping about the situation with other colleagues will only exacerbate the situation, and will cause mistrust and animosity between you.


Listen Actively


Practice active listening when you talk to your customers and colleagues. People respond to those who truly listen to what they have to say. Focus on listening more than you talk, and you'll quickly become known as someone who can be trusted.