Communication Skills that Build Healthy Work Relationships

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John Gotti the American gangster rightly stated “If you think your boss is stupid, remember, you wouldn’t have a job if he were any smarter.”

Jokes aside, during my clinical experience as a doctor, I worked under many bosses, colleagues and subordinates.  In fact, I never got along well with the majority of them, but in time, I learned to get along, which made my life easier.

The experiences I went through taught me a few things I’d like to share with you.



To build healthy relationships with your coworkers, you need to be tolerant of them. The more tolerant you are, the easier it is for you to forgive peoples flaws.

All you need to do is to try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes so as to understand their way of thinking, and be ready to be the bigger person. If your coworker’s opinions differ from yours, don’t behave in an unscrupulous manner. Also, if a colleague comes up with a better idea, never let your self-importance prevent something good from happening. Whenever you feel that your viewpoint differs from that of the other person, do so with distinguished refinement.


Think before you speak

Decide what you want to talk about before you go up to your supervisor. Jot down some main points to refer to. Don’t waste time talking about unrelated information. You will merely fritter away time, rather than making an impact. Speak with precision and reason and try to be focused. If your communication is by and large, an unbearable clutter of incoherent words, nobody will take you seriously.


Be a good listener

When you can keenly keep your ears open and exhibit understanding with reference to what others have to say, you have a better likelihood of receiving equivalent consideration when you speak. Avoid interrupting people even if you don’t understand what they are saying. Allow them to finish their statement.


Respect others

Be respectful to other people. If you fail to give recognition to the people and the organization where you work, then certainly you will not receive respect in reciprocation. Regard and consideration are very important when it comes to building better relationships. You may not agree with everything the other does, but always respect them.


Give praise

When you see something positive about your coworkers, praise them. It may be a task they did well or the fact that they are well dressed. This acknowledgement boosts their morale and inspires them. They in turn will enjoy your presence and praise you as well. Healthy relationships thrive when the work environment is positive. The best part is, the patients receive great care.


By Dr Tabinda Habib


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