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Newsletter 175 - Managing good interpersonal relationships in schools


The people directly involve in the learning and teaching in schools are


                          educators     and       parents


Margie Angamuthu wrote in the Cape Times of 20 August 2018 that “good working relationships are necessary to be happy and productive at work. To establish and maintain good relationships, it is important to adhere to the rules of work or workplace etiquette, which is the unwritten code that people should adhere to at work. The basic rules of etiquette are fairly simple. It is about common courtesy, good communication and control over emotions.. A healthy relationship is one that includes trust, respect, and open communication.”

Margie shares the following tips and simple rules with us;

  • Be positive
  • Take an interest in people
  • Be open and honest
  • Show empathy – put yourself in the shoes of others
  • Be supportive
  • Be observant
  • Say “please” and “thank you”
  • Forget ego – admit when you are wrong
  • Be self-aware knowing what is important to you
  • Help others

Margie also shares tips "to deal with problematic relationships"

  • Keep relationship formal but friendly
  • Discuss problems openly and maturely – no games
  • Be flexible
  • Don’t express hostility
  • Be tolerant
  • Power struggles – focus on work and what is important to the organization and not on the power struggle
  • Offer solutions