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An organisation is a place to work
and not a battle field where employees
would fight with each other. One needs
to treat his fellow workers well, under-
stand each other s expectations for a
healthy relationship and maximum out-
put. The employees must be comfort-
able with each other and work together
as a team.
Remember there is no "I" in a team.
Every employee should think about his
team first and all his personal interests
should take a backseat. It is important
that each and every employee works
in close coordination with each other
and decide something which would
Don t treat your colleagues as your
enemy. Learn to respect as well as trust
them. Team leaders and superiors must
ensure a healthy relationship among
the employees to avoid negativity within
Let us go through some important
points which must be avoided at the
workplace for a warm relationship
among the employees:
• Avoid partiality at work. Don t treat
someone well just because he stays near
your place or brings lunch for you daily.
Everyone must be treated as one. If
someone has done something wrong,
it is the duty of the team leader to cor-
rect him irrespective of the relations
he shares with him.
Favouritism must not be promoted
at the workplace.
• Every individual should be assigned
work as per their interest and capability.
The work should be equally divided
among all. Don t impose your decisions
on your team members. Let them
decide on their own what is correct for
them and what is not.
• The employees must avoid lose
talks and blame games at work. They
actually don t help. Learn to own your
mistakes and find out ways to correct
them. It is absolutely natural to commit
mistakes. Every human being does, so
no need to panic and pass on the blame
to others. It severely spoils the rela-
tionship among the employees. One
should not spread unnecessary rumours
about any of his colleagues. If you come
to know something about anyone, it is
better to discuss with him in private
rather than publicising the whole story.
Just think what would you gain out of
it?• An individual must never break his
colleague s trust. If your team member
has shared one of his secrets with you,
please keep it to yourself only. If the
person sitting next to you has expressed
his displeasure over anything, don t
disclose it in front of your boss or oth-
ers. Avoid nasty politics at workplace.
If you can t help anyone it is better to
stay out of it rather than giving wrong
• Avoid communicating with
employees individually. Meetings must
not always be conducted one to one.
Call all of them together and address
them on an open forum. Let each and
every one express their concerns. Emails
must be sent with all the participants
in loop and suggestions must be invited
from their side. The communication
has to be transparent for a better
• Avoid criticism at work. Never
make fun of anyone. Pointing mistakes
is important but make sure you do not
insult the other person. Sit with him.
and make him realise his mistakes.
Don t be rude or harsh to anyone.
• Don t have separate lunch timings
for the employees. Gone are the days
when managers and supervisors used
to sit in their closed cabins and special
peons were assigned to them. The con-
cept has changed now a days and every-
one is one working for a common goal.
The team leader s position will not be
tarnished if he takes his lunch with his
team members. Don t always discuss
work at your office. If it is your col-
league s birthday, do make it a point
to wish him in the morning. He will
• Too much of interference in each
other s work is bad and can lead to
adverse effects. Don t unnecessarily
peep into each other s computer
screens. One must respect each other s
privacy. It is important to do work
together but don t ask too many ques-
tions or tend to irritate others. Don t
always try to find out what the other
person is up to.
Never ever read anyone else s notes
or open any courier or envelope not
meant for you. If your colleague has
asked you to send a mail from his sys-
tem on his behalf, make sure you don t
read any of his personal mails.
• One should be a little positive for
better employee relations. Don t always
assume that the other person is wrong.
Avoid unnecessary cribbing at work-
place. If you are not well, it is better
to stay at home rather than going to
work and spoiling everyone else s mood.
Try to look at life from a larger per-
spective. Finding faults in others
must be avoided for a better rela-
• Avoid being selfish at work.
Try to help others. Don t ignore
things just because it is not related
to you. Understand the other indi-
vidual s problem and try your level
best to sort it out. Every individual
needs a break and if your team
member asks for a leave do allow
him but make sure your work does
not suffer. This way your team
members would respect you and
discuss issues more freely in the
Efforts must be taken to avoid
conflicts at work so that employees
come closer to each other, work
together and does not lose their
They must be cordial with each
other for a warm and a healthy
ambience at workplace.
Don'ts for a healthy employee relationship
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