Seafarers spend a large part of their time on board the ship. It can be a very tense working environment working on board. So what can seafarers do to make their life at sea easier by making friends and not enemies?
Interpersonal skills are skills we use every day when we interact with other people. People with good interpersonal skills tend to be able to work well in a team or group, and with other people in general. By being aware of how you interact with others, you can improve your interpersonal skills.
Giving space to fellow seafarers on board is very important as it can get a bit suffocating working on board facing the same people 24/7 for long periods of time. Do not pry into their personal matters unless they are willing to open up to you.
Do not spread baseless rumours about your fellow seafarers. Even if you know something about someone, keep the secret to yourself. You wouldn’t know if the information or news you learnt of is totally true or not.
Leave Your Ego Behind
It’s always important to think before you speak. You don’t boost your own ego by speaking bad or speaking down on a colleague.
Do not try to harm your colleagues by speaking bad about them behind their back or blatantly pushing the blame to them when something goes wrong. You might think that you can get away with these backbiting and criticism but when the colleague in question knows about what you have done things can get ugly.
We hope you can hone the art of interpersonal relationship on board and have a pleasant time sailing with your fellow seafarers.