Interpersonal relationship refers to a strong association among individuals working together in the same organization. Employees working together ought to share a special bond of trust for them to deliver their level best. Interpersonal relationships that we structure at work serve as a job in both your work achievements and career progress. Constructive relational connections can permit correspondence and comprehension among representatives. It is essential for individuals to be honest with each other for a healthy interpersonal relationship and eventually positive ambiance at the workplace (Bichen & Denise Mary, 2018).
I have been fortunate enough to start my business in my first year at Simon Fraser University. I am a proud owner of a successful local serviced based Security business in Vancouver. With having seventy-two employees working in my organization I strongly believe that having strong effective interpersonal relationships for me as an owner with my employees is a key foundation in our success.
One of my strengths in developing these effective interpersonal relationships would be organizational commitment to my organization because of a stronger sense of purpose. According to a work related basic need satisfaction scale with a Total Need Satisfaction Score of 3.66, with the highest to be 5, I think it does justify my effective commitment for my organization (Van den Broeck, Vansteenkiste, De Witte, Soenens , & Lens, 2010). However, it is not a most conducive result that I would want but I do believe that if I work on it I can have much more stronger interpersonal relationships. I believe that interpersonal relationships have a direct impact on the organization’s culture and act as a fuel for growth in every business. The need satisfaction theory is based on an interactive approach. It requires mutual satisfaction from both sides of the parties and for any organizations success. I try to keep all of my employees satisfied with effective communication so they could become effective leaders and be committed to my organization.
Another strength in developing effective interpersonal relationships I would like to touch base upon is creating a value system for all employees working in my organization. We as an organization believe that our in-field staff is a backbone of our organization, which represent us every day while working with different businesses including federal and provincial government contracts. Even though our operations team is in contact with the in-field staff with day-to-day operations I try to have a personable connection with every employee to acknowledge them for any achievements. These interactions with the employees create an emotional labour for our team, which further creates an expression of organizationally desired emotions. The value created by these interpersonal relationships with the employee’s not only creates emotional labour but also are the foundations of positive attitudes, motivation, and behavior (Robbins, Judge T, & Breward ). According to the self-assessment of “What Do You Value?” I achieved a score of 170 in Social and 200 in financial which I believe to be very accurate to what I think because of my commitment to having a strong association and relationships with my employees for them to have a purpose to be working in my organization and at the same time making money as a business (Lussier, 1993).
There are a few challenges that I encounter in developing interpersonal relationships too and one of them is lacking intrinsic motivation. Also, after completing a self-assessment according to the LSUS Self Motivation quiz I got a score of forty-one, which underlies towards the higher end in the moderate category which states that I am certainly not failing (How Self-Motivated Are You?). However, I could achieve much more and try to increase motivation factors in all areas of life. I think that the results from the self-assessment tend to be very accurate. Being a business owner there are always ups and down and failures and taking risks. During the down moments it sometimes gets hard to get back up and get that intrinsic motivation and get a feeling of competence which however, tends to not align with the interpersonal relationships in the workplace.
Another challenge I have with developing interpersonal relationships at the workplace are that I am sometimes not able to spend too much time with my in-field employees. I may be able to see the office staff more often then I would be able to meet up with the staff working on the floor at lower levels of our organization that are the foundation of my organization. I also think that they might not have a very positive image due to lack of my communication with them. I would want my image to be seen as heleotropohic with my employees who get inspired by my actions and have an organizational citizenship (Robbins, Judge T, & Breward ). According to the “How Machiavellian Are You?” self assessment, I received a score of 27 (Langton, Robbins, & Judge, 2014). The result for an average for a sample of American adults was 25 and this seems to be some what accurate as I could be seen as person working on my self interest of making some money and not caring about my organizations lower lever staff which is not that the case. I would definitely like to work on this attribute and make it into one of my strengths in developing interpersonal relationships.
I want to develop some achievable short-term SMART connecting goals and then to create an action plan to achieve results in enhancing my interpersonal skills and work on it one by one. Using my current strengths and working on my challenges mentioned earlier in my paper I would like to work on a few factors that would possibly help me with enhancing my interpersonal skills.
The first goal I would want to set for myself would be towards the communication attribute with my employees and clients. I want to use active listening to show employees and clients that I am open to new ideas and perspectives. I would also want improve and to utilize eye contact, posture, and voice tone to make spoken communication clearer and not ambiguous. Using this communication and active listening skills will reinforce ideas and will promote a healthier relationship with my clients and employees enhancing my interpersonal skills (Chitrao, 2010).
The second attribute I would want as a goal and to challenge my weaknesses would be on my self-awareness and emotional intelligence portion of my quotient. I would like to develop a stronger emotional intelligence, so that I can manage myself based of what my employees and clients think about me. This would enhance my ability to relate with people and deal with emotions in my workplace, also making effective team collaboration (Giuseppe, 2014). It will also make me a personable person and will make me use my people’ skills to successfully have better interpersonal relationships with my peers in the workplace.
Lastly, another short-term goal I would love to work on will be motivating my employees as a leader. Initially, I would like to work on my intrinsic motivation to be able to set goals for my employees and workplace. I would like to set specific and manageable and fit for the right person. It will help people improve by giving them a task out of their comfort zone and would help provide them with a direction (Mendes & Stander, 2010). Providing motivation to employees will also enhance the ability of my employees to communicate but will also develop interpersonal relationships in the workplace.
One thing I want to drive home about my interpersonal relationship development plan is that it is a living-breathing document. The whole purpose of this plan is to apply it to my daily life and then use my experiences to alter and improve it. So specifically, I want to strictly apply this plan into my daily life starting today. I will look into my shorter smart goals and look to see if I have been working to achieve my overall objectives. I will reflect on my progress and then use feedback from others, as well as myself, to help me add or take anything away from my plan. My next intent for this plan will be utilizes it in the first job that I have. Luckily for me, I’ve developed a plan to help with my decision-making. I will use this plan to become an effective leader and I will successfully lead in my position.