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How to Balance Your Work Relationships against a Busy Schedule

Jason Wong
Published Date:
May 4, 2016

Buried under paperA busy schedule can be detrimental to your work relationships if you don’t take steps to prevent it. Without meaning to, you can come off as distant and apathetic to your colleagues. So how do you prevent a stress work event like busy season or a big project from driving a wedge between you and the people you see every day? Here are a few tips from the Daily Muse:

Treat your breaks as breaks. Whether it’s your lunch break or just a quick trip to the kitchen, treat them as breaks. Your coworkers won’t appreciate you answering emails on your phone while they’re talking, and taking time to mentally disassociate from work has been proven to actually improve productivity when done in proper moderation.

Don’t let your actions reflect your stress. When you’re stressed out, it can show through in your facial expressions and actions in a way that could offend your coworkers. Something as simple as offering a smile to your colleague as you pass their desk is a small act that won’t cost you any time away from your work.

Keep your promises. If you promise to do something, whether it’s meet for drinks or something more professional, follow through. Otherwise, don’t make promises at all. People will find it a lot easier to forgive your busy schedule than they will any perceived flakiness.