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How is the chemistry in your workplace?

One definition of chemistry is the way individuals relate to each other–interpersonal attraction or repulsion.

The chemistry among workers makes a great deal of difference in how enthusiastic or reluctant you are to go to work each day. How motivated you are at work.

Some factors leading to interpersonal attraction
Propinquity—the physical or psychological proximity among people. People in the same office, for example, have a higher propinquity than those in a different office of your organization. Propinquity can also mean a kinship (a close connection marked by interests or similarity in character) among people.

Complementarity—People seek out others with characteristics that are different from and complement their own. Workers recognize areas they lack expertise and seek counsel from those who complement their strengths and knowledge.

Reciprocal liking—A person who is liked by another will tend to return that liking. Ideas are valued and respected. People enjoy the company of those who ask their opinions and respect them.

Reinforcement—People like those who give them positive feelings, who can brainstorm problems with them rather than criticize.

When there’s toxic chemistry in the workplace
Opinions aren’t valued and probably not sought. The atmosphere is one of control. The reinforcement is negative. There is little collegiality in the work being done. Workers are demoralized and disenfranchised. Productivity and creativity are lowered.

I thank some sports announcer who talked about a head football coach who had worked with the same assistant coaches for 10 years. The announcer’s assessment was they had good chemistry.

Good chemistry in the workplace is civility in action. It's respect for others.The workplace with toxic chemistry thrives on incivility. Do you have other thoughts about chemistry in the workplace?


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