Glad We Work Together

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90 min — presentation, discussion in pairs, full group discussion. Facilitated by Casey.

Why is it important to spend time on work relationships?

It's hard to communicate in a low-trust environment. You can deepen trust by using these two techniques: increasing social closeness (propinquity), and explicitly communicating on the relationship channel

What if I cultivate work relationships?

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Happier Interactions - You will feel happier and safer working, even when going through challenges.

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Improved Productivity - You will get more work done once you have strengthened these relationships.

What if I don't cultivate work relationships?

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Stressful Interactions - You'll experience much more conflict and stress in a low-trust environment.

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More Misunderstandings - You will experience more miscommunication discussions that go nowhere, wasting time.

Is this for me?

Do I work in any low-trust environments?

Which work relationships should I work on strengthening?

Do I tend to focus more on task-content or on relationship-building?

Learning Objectives

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Attendees will learn how social closeness (propinquity) affects your workplace relationships.

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Attendees will become aware of the two channels you constantly communicate on: the task channel and the relationship channel.

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Attendees will learn about many ways to deliberately communicate on the relationship channel, using the PEARLS acronym.

Resources

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The Task Channel and the Relationship Channel - Describes task channel vs relationship channel, and the PEARLS acronym of relationship building statements.