Relational skills: How to create good relationship in the workplace!
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relational skills

Developing great relational skills in the workplace


Building relationship skills in the workplace is the number one way to become a great employer and leader! It will not only affect the flow of your workplace, but also developing these relational skills will impact your employees’ productivity. Creating a place where you interact well with your team will impact the culture of your workplace in a good way!

Some of the best relational skills to develop


The only way you can start building relationally with your team is through trust! This is one of the top relational skills you can learn and have your leadership team start mastering. Trust is being able to believe that an individual will do what they say they will do and to be comfortable with someone’s honesty. Trust will take time but is so needed, especially between an employer and an employee.


Another relational skill to have is patience. This is important to grab hold of when you are working with employees on projects and in difficult situations. Patience is key when dealing with conflict or coming up with new ways of doing things. You may have to try out different things before you find a solution. Every good thing takes time and patience.


Knowing that you can rely on someone is the best quality for a leader to have. When you can count on your employees to show up on time and meet deadlines, the stress is off. Reliable people get tasks done well and get promoted really quickly.

Helping your employees with relational skills


Once you grasp these qualities as a leader and employee, it is great to remind your employees of these relational skills. We all get behind sometimes, so keeping these goals is a great way to grow your employees. Create a vision and practical steps for all of your employees. Always have a purpose and a why behind something and your team should jump in right away.

Good vs. difficult relationships

You probably have recognized many good and difficult relationships inside and outside of work. Everybody has both types! As an employer, interacting with and learning your employees’ personalities is the best way to build lasting relationships. Developing a good relationship consists of understanding your employees and creating a place of trust. If you are in a difficult relationship with one of your employees, evaluate both sides of the story and try to understand them. If there is disrespect on their side, you may want to think of letting them go if they can’t agree to cooperate with you as their leader.

Our Thrive EAP resources

We at Thrive offer an online web portal with thousands of resources. Our specific tools include information on forming great relationships. We have courses in communication, interpersonal skills, and more training! There are also more specific areas focused on family and how to cultivate healthy family relationships at home. These skill-building tools are great for employees of all ages, including college ages!

Learn more about Thrive EAP and the benefits it will bring to your team at work here: