How to Kill the Office Narcissist With Kindness

Effectively building relationships at work is critical to your organization’s success. Here are some specific things you can do to make friends and alliances in the workplace:

Listen while you work

One action that can make a big relationship difference at the office is listening to people and trying to understand their concerns. There is a time to express our own opinions, but maintaining a priority on listening to what our coworkers and peers want will be most effective for building rapport. When your mouth is moving, your ears stop working.

And while listening and understanding is a great first step, when things come out wrong or are perceived incorrectly, accept responsibility for miscommunications or misunderstandings. That will go a long way in developing trust among your peers.

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