Importance Of Working Relationships

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W ork relationships are carrying multi-faceted importance in the processes of organizing. Good working relations lead to harmony, inter-departmental synergy and motivation required for collaboration and for the achievement of business goals and objectives. It is pertinent to note that management and labor relationships, career management, fate of alliances and organizational units’ cohesiveness is largely dependent upon working relationships.
There is a need to find out that increased dependence on knowledge workers is shaping the re-designs of the organizations or otherwise. Also it has been observed that generational differences at workplace is also changing and reshaping work relationships coupled with increased women inductions at workplace
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This construct can incorporate various types of relationships prevailing at workplace or needed to carry out certain transactions such as employer- employee relationships, employee-employee relationships, coaching and mentoring relationships, employee-customer relationships, social networking within and outside the organizations at the institutional level. In a nutshell working relationships are important to study for coordination, cooperation, mutual understanding, socialization, collaboration, institutionalization and for social exchange process facilitation. The high performance work systems (HPWS) are incomplete without considering the importance of working relationships. Ragins & Dutton (2007) reported that work relationships are now the “front and center” as a research study in organizational sciences. The organizational relationship science is picking up the momentum and becoming important theoretical perspective to view and explain the things with related assumptions and boundary conditions and also to change accordingly by showing quick responsiveness towards rapid shifts in complex and dynamic environments facing by organizations for ultimate objective of survival and achieving optimum performance. The accomplishment of tasks is still the yardstick of effectiveness in modern management but it is important for managers, workers and organizational scientists that…show more content…
‘to facilitate the development of relationship-based approaches, which embrace a holistic understanding of clients, of practitioners and of the nature and contexts of social work practice, there is a need for practitioners to be afforded the time and space to respond thoughtfully – reflectively- to the unique, complex and dynamic situations they encounter’. (Ruch, 2005)

Trust, mutual respect, mindfulness, welcoming diversity and open communication are generally considered as important building blocks for developing good relationships

The work identities and relationships are important for development, well-being, success and performance of individuals and groups at workplace (Baker, Cross, and Wooten, 2003; Dutton & Heaphy, 2003; Flum, 2001; Gibbons, 2004; Hall & Kahn, 2002; Lord & Brown, 2001; Morrison, 2002; Ragins, Cotton and Miller, 2000; Sherony and Green, 2002; Wrzesniewski, Dutton and Debebe, 2003)

Kling and Zmuidzinas (1994) identify three types of organizational change: “Metamorphosis” - far reaching, fundamental change “Migration” - shifts toward a new form “Elaboration” - changes that enhance some aspect of
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