Making everyone feel like a part of a happy place is not the goal of building a more connected workplace. Real connection requires understanding another person’s viewpoint and beliefs.
The most major thing in creating a productive and effective workplace is clear communication. Why? Because networked teams encourage information sharing, develop good working relationships, and encourage creativity. Our workplace will be more creative the more connected we are as colleagues.
Boundaries may be extremely helpful in keeping your sense of self and encouraging your feeling of self-respect. Make sure no one takes advantage of you. While some of your colleagues could be searching for a real relationship and connection, others might just be looking for someone to give the amount of their work to or someone to step in and correct them when they mess up. If someone is continually seeking favours from you at work but you are unable to give, this is a one-sided behaviour that needs to stop right away.
Setting boundaries with your employer and colleague at work is a critical initial step in achieving a positive work-life balance. Working with someone who respects your boundaries and aware of when they are expecting too much of you is ideal. But occasionally, you might need to let them know your limitations.