It can be difficult to build relationships in the workplace. We are all too busy, and often we are not sure how to get started with a conversation. Here are some ways that you can use communication skills to help establish rapport with your co-workers. For the first point, try to learn about your co-workers. It can be easy to fall into a routine of talking only with those that you are already close to. Try instead to make an effort and talk more openly with everyone around you. This will help others feel comfortable talking as well since they know it is not going to lead down a road towards judgment or gossiping. You’ll find this leads people to naturally open up and become better friends which makes work life much easier! Another way to build relationships is through small talk.

You can start conversations by asking about someone’s day, and then listen closely for the reply you get back. From there, simply take that comment and ask another question in response related to it; but do not overdo this! (For example: how was your weekend?) This will help others feel like they are being heard and important while also giving them a good starting point on which to lead conversation themselves if needed. It also gives people an easy escape route if they need one as well—the person may say something along the lines of “it was great thanks! How about yours?” And boom! Conversation achieved.

Being physically available for your co-workers shows that you are interested in them and what they have to say, make it clear that you’re open to hearing their opinions, even if they differ from yours. Don’t jump immediately into business or professional conversation topics. Making small talk can help establish a familiar rapport with one another before discussing more complicated matters. Being friendly towards everyone sets an example for others about how relationships should work at the office. It also allows people to feel comfortable sharing ideas around the water cooler without fear of judgment. This makes everyone feel motivated.