Air Force Materiel Command Wellness Support Center
4/16/2015 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- During
the months of April and May, Air Force Materiel Command will promote
its Strengthening Workplace Relationships campaign.
Building and maintaining good work relationships is the key to a
positive work environment. Many full-time employees spend more of their
waking hours with fellow staff than they do with their families or
personal friends. Co-workers rely on each other to contribute support,
expertise and other resources to fulfill the AFMC mission. Benefits of
establishing positive workplace relationships include enhanced teamwork,
improved employee morale, increased productivity and higher employee
To encourage positive workplace relationships:
· Be friendly and approachable to co-workers.
· Communicate effectively -- The best way to connect with
co-workers and reduce potential conflict at work is through open and
honest communication. Your co-workers are not mind readers, so it is
important to understand the need for two-way communication.
· Take responsibility -- If you fail to meet deadlines and
commitments, you affect the work of other employees. If you can't
complete a task on time, make sure you keep everyone involved in the
· Respect people's time -- Be mindful of a colleague's workload
when you stop by to chat. During scheduled meetings, don't make others
wait for you.
· Clarify roles -- Knowing everyone's role and being familiar with
the responsibility of those roles creates efficiency and flexibility.
Review responsibilities when action planning.
· Be professional -- Rise above office gossip. It can erode your credibility and trust.
· Participate in social events -- These are great opportunities to
mingle with everyone at your workplace regardless of their position. The
healthy connections formed during these events will make it easier to
interact at work.
Good workplace relationships and a positive work environment are
important to fulfill the AFMC mission. The key to avoiding a stiff and
unfriendly work environment is to treat others as you wish to be
Resources on strengthening workplace relationships are available.
Civilian employees can contact the Employee Assistance Program for free,
confidential counseling services and in-person presentations at (800)
222-0364, or by visiting the EAP website at FOH4YOU.com. Active duty
military can contact Military OneSource at (800) 342-9647, or by
For additional information on base resources for strengthening workplace
relationships, visit AFMCwellness.com or contact your local Civilian
Health Promotion Services team.