Much of your workplace success is based not on what you do but who you know. The better your relationships with co-workers and others in your workplace, the better your career will be.

Here are seven simple steps to improving your relationships at work.

Make small talk

Get to know your co-workers so that your interactions with them are not always about work. The key to making appropriate office small talk is to not get too personal too soon.

Keep it general at first and then gradually work your way up to discussing family and more personal issues when your co-worker is also moving in that direction.

Also keep small talk at work limited (don’t go on and on) to respect everyone’s tight deadlines.

Help each other out

Show your colleagues that you are willing and able to help them out when they are under a tight deadline. Not only will they reciprocate for you, but they will also begin to trust and depend on you.

Ask them for their thoughts and opinions

This is a great way to show them that you really value and respect them. People like other people who take an interest in them. Show your colleagues that you value their advice and feedback.

Get away from the office gossip

Even if you have resolved not to gossip about your co-workers, you can be guilty by association. When workplace gossip starts, excuse yourself.

This will show people that you will not be involved in talking about others behind their backs and that they can trust you.

Do little thoughtful things

This could include giving colleagues holiday greeting cards or birthday cards, congratulating them on their good work, and offering to grab them some lunch when you are going out.

Let others take the credit when they have done most of the work

If you are incorrectly given credit and praise, acknowledge the co-worker who deserves the accolades.

Handle workplace conflict seamlessly

If you are not directly involved in the conflict between your colleagues, stay out of the fray, at least initially.

If you decide you must get involved, plan out some negotiation strategies ahead of time and facilitate the resolution of the conflict. The key is to show that you care, but without becoming rash or worked up.

These tips, while effective, may not work in every workplace and with every person. When in doubt, ask. Ask your co-workers how you can best help them. Most importantly, be sure to follow up and keep your word by doing what you say you are going to do.

Article by Larina Kase, the president of Performance & Success Coaching, LLC. She helps people reduce stress, improve communication and speaking skills, and excel in their careers. For more tips, visit Article source:; and