Approachability at Work

Approachability at Work: Creating a Positive and Collaborative Environment

Approachable. What does that mean exactly? What does that look like at work? Think about a time you worked with someone that you could reach out to for help, perspective or guidance on something that was important to you. How did that person make you feel? What did you notice about them and their behaviour?

When we are approachable we show care and concern for others, create safety, and open the door to sharing feedback and better collaboration.

Being approachable has many benefits, including:

Better Communication

When you are approachable, your colleagues are more likely to share their thoughts and ideas with you. This can lead to better communication and collaboration, which can improve teamwork and productivity. 

Increased Trust

When people feel comfortable approaching you, they are more likely to trust you. This can help to build stronger relationships with colleagues and lead to a more positive work environment.

Enhanced Problem-Solving

When people feel they can come to you with problems, you can work together to find solutions. This can help to create a culture of problem-solving and innovation in the workplace.

Improved Morale

When colleagues feel they can approach you with questions or concerns, they are more likely to feel supported and valued. This can improve morale and create a more positive work environment.

Being approachable at work can help create the conditions for a more positive work environment. One where people feel supported, valued, and empowered to do their best work.

Pauline Greenidge

Pauline Greenidge is an HR Consultant and Chartered Professional in Human Resources. She empowers others to create positive employee experiences. Her book A Grand Dinner Party is available on and

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