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Benefits of Strong Interpersonal Skills in the Workplace and When Job Hunting

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Interpersonal communication is the process of sharing ideas and emotions verbally and nonverbally with another person. It allows us to understand and interact with each other professionally and in our personal lives.

Interpersonal skills are not just about how you speak to people, but also how you make them feel. This is an important soft skill that many employers look for in a candidate. Interpersonal skills entail:

  • Active listening
  • Verbal communication
  • Relationship management
  • Building trust
  • Receptiveness to feedback

Below are four benefits of strong interpersonal skills in the workplace and when job hunting:

  1. Develop a large network: Networking involves building meaningful connections to gain insights, expanding industry acquaintances, and advancing your career. In order to maintain these connections, you will need to demonstrate consistency, a sense of empathy, and the ability to follow-through. Attending industry-specific groups or meetings for a shared interest will allow you the opportunity to observe how to communicate and behave with others, and even put your interpersonal skills to the test.
  2. Improve team success: When you communicate and work well with your colleagues you will have a better chance of achieving common goals.Being a team player can help you avoid conflict and improve productivity.
  3. Resolve conflict: In circumstances of disagreements or high stress you must stay composed, listen actively, and understand all sides to deescalate the situation. You can use your interpersonal skills to resolve issues that involve colleagues or other parties.
  4. Demonstrate relatability:  The ability to interact with others significantly enhances your chances of being viewed as approachable and will allow colleagues to engage with you in a more meaningful way. Show that you can easily adapt to different people’s communication styles and energy levels.

Like with anything that that you want to improve, practice and self-assessment is key. The best way to improve your interpersonal skills is to strike up a conversation with someone new. Take a moment to reflect on what went well, and how you could’ve responded differently or used certain body language.

Put Your Interpersonal Skills to The Test at a Wesley Enhanced Living Community

Now is the best time to take your future into your own hands by choosing a company that makes you feel welcome from your first day. At Wesley Enhanced Living, we believe that making our residents happy starts with employing outstanding staff. We are dedicated to your growth professionally. If you strive for excellence in your daily life and career, then we’d like to talk with you. Check out our open positions today!

Wesley Enhanced Living provides high-quality senior retirement communities for the elderly.  We have cultivated an environment where you can build meaningful and lasting relationships and enjoy a sense of community where everyone is committed to making a difference. If you are ready to make a compelling difference in the lives of others, join our team, and we will make a difference together. Apply today at www.WELCareers.org!

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