The benefits of strong interpersonal skills at work

What are interpersonal skills? Basically, it’s a bit of a fancy word for people skills. Interpersonal skills mean being able to communicate and collaborate well with others. Not all IT jobs have been known to absolutely require interpersonal skills. However, with the way the industry is moving forward, more and more IT jobs, even the technical ones require at the least, great communication. Interpersonal skills can help any person find further success at work and in life.

So, what are some great interpersonal skills?

  • Conflict resolution
  • Empathy
  • Positive communication
  • Active listening
  • Adaptability
  • Patience
  • Collaboration or teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Leadership
  • Diplomacy

To mention the most important aspects…

Why are these skills so important?

Earn respect

No matter what position you are in at work, most will notice someone who listens carefully and responds helpfully without ignoring factors that the other person felt were important (active listening). By showing interest in others and being open to their ideas or being calm in situations where others would likely react negatively; you will gradually become known as a logical, level-headed, intellectual employee who will be easily approachable and well respected.

Become a better colleague and leader

By improving your interpersonal skills, you may often start to notice behaviours of your own or in others that are negatively affecting the workplace morale or efficiency. Through improving skills such as collaboration, leadership, adaptability and communication you will be able to implement changes to improve the workplace and working relationships.

Become an expert at relationship management

One of the best side effects of people skills is becoming incredibly talented at managing relationships both internal and external to your business. This could help with client relationships, employee relationships, team projects and your own personal development into management or executive roles. In IT especially, it is an amazing skill to be able to communicate complicated technical jargon into laymen’s terms for other departments. By doing so you will create good relationships across teams as well as generally becoming more of a stand-out candidate in your field.

Gain a positive mindset to setbacks and conflict

Many individuals either panic or react emotionally when tested with difficult situations at work. If you have the confidence in your interpersonal skills, you will instantly be able to realise there are better ways to go about a situation other than just responding negatively. You will be able to read a room and know what needs to be said to either lighten the mood or diffuse a situation. If there is a setback on a project, you may be frustrated but you will be able to start working on alternative solutions more efficiently without the ‘sorry for yourself’ mentality. All in all, you will probably find more happiness (even through the hard times) at work.

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