7 Ways to improve your interpersonal skills

Interpersonal skills are very important in almost every aspect of our lives. Such skills play very important role not only when it comes to personal life but also when it comes to your professional career. Contrary to the popular belief that being a good worker is enough per se, if you wish to succeed in your career and move higher on the corporate ladder, then you need to work on improving communication skills at all times.

Here are some of the key tips which may help you improve your interpersonal skills and be that guy in the office that everyone just loves to work with.

How to Improve Interpersonal Skills, 7 Ways to improve your interpersonal skills

Identify the pain-points from your work history. Did you know that even some experiences from your personal life relationships could help you create better professional relationships if you are impartial enough to assess your own mistakes from your previous job posts or work relationships? Once you have identified your weaknesses, it is time to start polishing those skills and correct your behavior in certain areas or situations.

Keep the positive spirit and put the smile on your face. Usually positive people are centers around which everything revolves. This includes homemade parties, but office scenarios as well. While you may feel overwhelmed with work sometimes, try to avoid bringing everyone down due to your bad mood. Keep the smile on your face even in toughest times. People in the office will like hanging out with you for your positive spirit.

Actively work on your professional relationships. As in your personal life, professional relationships need to be nourished. Be proactive and maintain harmonic relation with your peers. Be a trustworthy partner that your peers can rely upon. Do not gossip around, as such actions carry a risk of running your reputation and reliability if such rumors get into wrong hands.

Be a good listener. If you wish to move you ranking higher in your company, you have to be a good listener. No matter if you are talking to the company owner, or the cleaning lady, everyone likes to be heard when they have something to say. Always take into consideration what your co-workers said or suggested. Listen to their arguments, and do not hesitate to mention their names on the company meetings if their suggestions turned out to be valid and true.

Re-assess your work ethics occasionally. Even if you are a manager or the company owner, being perceived as a fair and ethical person can be a huge plus in your interpersonal relations. Exercise ethical behavior and re-assess your integrity and impact of your words and decisions on your co-workers or employees.

Work on your communication skills. Be careful when wording certain things, especially on company meetings. The last thing you’ll want to do is to imply that someone is not doing his job well by just not choosing the words carefully or not thinking enough. If you are asked on the meetings to present some material, try to be concise and straight to the point.

Be a problem solver. While nosing around is probably a bad habit, presenting yourself in some cases as a problem solver can be of a big reputation benefit. There’s a fine line between those two things so you’ll have to use your best judgment to determine when to get involved into some matters and try to present yourself as a problem solver. If you are a manager, and two of your employees disagree too often, try to settle down such disputes between two of them before they bring down the whole office in such a mood.

These are just some of the tips we have singled out for you as they proved to be the most efficient ones. If you have some thoughts on how to improve interpersonal skills, we would be glad to hear them.

Karin Jakovljevic

About the author

Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

Success Stories


It was hard to keep Menchie’s young and mostly part-time staff informed about shift changes, until Menchie’s discovered Ximble’s easy-to-use smartphone app.

Fast Fix

Ximble’s easy-to-use scheduling tool allows Fast Fix employees to remotely access shift information, and integrates with their Point of Sale and Payroll systems.

Spry Health

When spreadsheets became too complicated, Spry Health sought simple, cost-effective timekeeping software so they could concentrate on growing their business.

Spirited Gifts

Since switching to Ximble, Spirited Gift no longer struggle with employees turning up at the wrong time, for the wrong shifts.

Re-bath of South Florida

Re-bath required timekeeping software that was simple, flexible, and that could grow with their business.


When they outgrew their own internal system, Vastrm chose Ximble to track their part-time and contracted employees, both in and out of the office.

Excellence Martial Arts

All that Excellence Martial Arts were looking for was basic employee timetracking, with payroll reporting. Ximble’s cost-effective software was the ideal solution.

Collab Inc

Manual timesheets were a poor fit for Collab, and with no easy to feed the data into Gusto they began looking for a viable solution to their scheduling and time tracking headaches.

Carolina Moves

Follow Carolina Moves’ journey as they transitioned from using an archaic time tracking and data entry methods to using something that could optimize their processes and integrate with Gusto.

Bearings Bike Shop

Read how inaccurate time keeping methods forced Bearing Bike Shop to approximate working hours leading to significant losses over the year, until implementing Ximble.

Mermaid Life Chameleon

Needing a simplistic solution to their scheduling and time tracking needs, Mermaid Life didn’t want a solution that would over deliver and overcharge for what they required.

Krein Knives

Outgrowing spreadsheets, Krein Knives now needed a time tracking solution that could accurately track irregular working hours and automate as much of the administrative process as possible.


Looking for automation and simplicity, Garmentory turned towards Ximble in hopes of resolving their time tracking woes.


With their eyes set on rapid growth, Novvia needed to implement a scheduling solution that could effectively scale as the business grew while integrating with the existing payroll system.


Discover how Story2 resolved their time tracking and payroll problems by implementing Ximble into their arsenal of tools and integrating it with their payroll platform, Gusto.

CareCentric Pty Ltd

Spreadsheets lacked the scalability and flexibility that CareCentric Pty Ltd needed as they grew and needed something that would be responsive to their changing needs.

Bou Cou Dancewear

Struggling with varying availability of staff, scheduling for multiple store fronts and managing payroll, Bou Cou Danceware needed a solution to their scheduling and time tracking needs.

Best Pets Veterinary Hospital

Constantly fighting wasted time from data entry errors, outdated methods of scheduling and time tracking were taking their toll. Discover how Ximble helps them overcome their challenges.

Hook SEO

Read how Ximble helped Hook SEO with their time tracking and scheduling problem when they noticed too much time was being wasted on data entry.

National Strategic

After a rapid increase of employees, National Strategic’s dependence on spreadsheets for time tracking was no longer viable. Find out how Ximble solved their problems.

miR Diagnostics

Find out how miR Diagnostics implemented Ximble’s time tracking features for their employees and how it improved their payroll operations through the Gusto integration.

Followell Fotography

Effective time tracking in and out of the office and Gusto integration was important for this photography company. Find out how Ximble stepped up to meet the challenge.


Ximble provided an inexpensive and user friendly solution to CARP’s time tracking and Gusto integration needs. Find what won them over and how it bettered their operations.


Discover how the time tracking and extensive feature of Ximble helped improve ILKB’s operations with the Gusto integrations and ximbleChat platform without breaking the bank.


A tech savvy company that integrates technology into your offices and homes. With their skill and knowledge, they turn your ideas into reality.

Wise Owl Animal Hospital

An animal hospital that combines traditional and modern medicine to provide superior animal care. They raise awareness and provide advice on excellent pet care.

Armstrong Property Management

A property management consulting that specializes in home real-estate. They offer an abundance of services to property owners.


A restaurant consulting company that helps you take your business to the next level. With the best advisors, they can help you expand your business.

Liquid Consulting

A consulting company that strives to become your food processing partner. Comprised of skilled technicians and employees to improve your business.

Alta Animal Hospital

Find out how Alta Animal Hospital do away with printed shift calendars and move to a 100% mobile platform.


Read how Ximble helps Montefiore eliminate the need for multiple spreadsheets and calendars.

Rudy’s Pub & Grill

By utilizing Ximble, Rudy’s Pub & Grill has seen a 60% decrease in missed shift from schedule confusion.


Learn how TouchSupport was able to manage employees at multiple locations with ease and save 8 hours a week by using Ximble.

Try Ximble for 14 days free

No credit card required. Cancel any time.