Sep 05, 2018 in Viewpoint

Foster positive relationships to enhance well-being

Optimizing a work environment to enhance well-being can yield many rewards. Among the benefits are increased engagement and improved collaboration. One key way to enhance well-being in the workplace is to foster positive relationships.

Tobias Froehlich
by Tobias Froehlich
Mapiq
Well-being is also heavily influenced by the relationships people have with their coworkers.

Boosting innovation, improving employee retention, reducing health care expenses. I’m sure you agree, these are all desirable business goals. Now what if I told you that you can achieve these goals by fostering well-being in your work environment? You might have a doubt, but I assure you, the relationship is clear.

My name’s Tobias, and I specialize in optimizing workplaces to enhance well-being. In this blog series, we’ll take a close look at one workplace element that has an enormous influence on our well-being: relationships. Relationships have a broad impact on our subjective well-being at work. They influence our feelings of belonging within our organization, our ability to be ourselves at work, and our ability to find purpose & meaning through our work. As many of you have likely experienced, this influence can be good or bad. In my graduate research with Mapiq, I identified several relationships that can be good for well-being.

Seven types of relationships
Seven types of relationships

What makes a workplace relationship positive?

Yet, even these framework relationships are not guaranteed to be positive, especially considering that relationships are constantly evolving. Therefore, we are right to ask: what makes a workplace relationship positive? And how can our workplace support such positive relationships? Certain workplace relationships stand the chance to have a great positive impact on our well-being, but only when they meet certain criteria. In this blog series, we’ll take a close look at mentor, friendship, and teammate relationships. These relationships can bring benefits like increased psychological safety and accelerated career development. But they can also be detrimental. Under adverse circumstances, they can increase stress and foster negative job attitudes. To avoid such negative situations, I’ll describe the conditions that can lead to positive mentor, friendship, and teammate relationships.


Certain workplace relationships stand the chance to have a great positive impact on our well-being


What's next in these blog series?

Finally, perhaps you’re asking yourself what place this information has on the website of a software platform for the office. Well, technology already plays a significant role in our social lives. Many of us connect with others and share parts of our lives over social media. This already extends to the workplace. You are likely using technology to connect with your colleagues, for example through an internal social network, or messaging platforms like Slack. Since technology is greatly influencing the way we interact with colleagues, we’ll take a look at how we can use it to positively shape our relationships at work.

Stay tuned as we dive deeper.

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