Office relationships can be deep and meaningful, or as shallow as a dinner plate. Being close is not a requirement, but many colleagues get close from all the time spent together and common workplace gripes. So, what happens when you accidentally throw one of your office chums under the bus, or you butt heads over a project? Once trust is gone, it’s hard to get that back.
To get back onto your co-workers good side after this type of event try the following techniques to get back onto their good side:
- Give them time and space
- Be cordial, but not fake
- Be transparent when sharing task information
- After the tension has cooled down, invite them to lunch for an informal chat
- Be open and accepting of feedback
Trust is one of those things you can’t expect, it’s something earned. So if you’ve fallen out of your colleagues good graces you need to figure out why it happened, and why you want it back.