Building a Strong Horizontal Working Relationship Is Another Critical Element of Your Job

Horizontal working relationships are those that exist between you and fellow workers in the same department—the people you work next to on an hour-to-hour, day-to-day basis. The following diagram illustrates the horizontal relationships among three people in a very small department.

You will note that Jim has a horizontal working relationship with both Ruth and Bill. In this very small department of three employees and one supervisor, Jim has one vertical relationship and two horizontal relationships to keep strong. It is easy to see that in larger departments ...

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