Human Understanding of Relationship
In life human beings are obliged to have a support system from others to survive. But with every century the upcoming developments in society are affecting the ways in which we connect and build our social networks; these are evolving quickly as a result of fast-moving technology advancements, increased social mobility, and changes to work patterns.
Relationship is a key concept in complexity science. It refers to the interconnections between and among parts of a system that are as or more important than the component parts themselves. For example, you have billions of brain cells, called neurons. Individual neurons are incapable of thought. Fortunately, for thoughtful people like you, neurons are interrelated and interact with one another.
According to Nuttall’s Dictionary a relationship is a state of being related by kindred, affinity, or other alliance. They form the foundation of how we relate in society. By a study of relationships one can orientate man’s place in society and in the world.
As human we are required to understand what relationships a person has; current or past relationships as well as simultaneous relationships. Relationships begin and end, and a person can have multiple, simultaneous relationships assigned at one time or throughout time.
Recent statistics show that most of us have good relationships with those around us, with about 85% of people reporting that they had someone to rely on in times of stress or during key transitions throughout their lives, such as a family member, spouse or friend. This is a positive finding, as having quality relationships is one of the most important predictors of happiness, wellbeing and physical health across the life course.13, 14, 15, 16 Overall, the evidence concludes that it is the quality of our relationships that matters most. That is, it is better to have a few good friends or close family members than a large number of more distant relationships – quality over quantity.
Most relationships require sacrifices, actions in which an individual forgoes his or her immediate self-interest to promote the well-being of a partner or a relationship
Importance of Relationships
Students must realize the importance of the relationship between an individual and the society. Man is belongs to a society, and students are an important part of it. Students cannot live in complete isolation from the community-life. Even a school-going student is bound to have links with other people who together form a society.
Students can play an important role in improving and strengthening the society. The simple fact is that united we stand, and divided we fall. The society is the manifestation of that united existence, and the students are part of the society. Therefore, men and women of all ages and professions should do their best to serve the society.
Studying is the main occupation of students. But, being youthful and energetic, they can engage themselves in various forms of social work in their spare time, and in moments of crisis.
1. Students should take an active role in literacy campaigns.
2. They can teach the illiterate to read and write.
3. They should be enthusiastic about opening blood donation camps, founding gymnasiums, blind schools, health centers, libraries, etc. Such enterprises benefit a large number of people, and help in maintaining the society in a good condition.
4. Funds can be raised through subscriptions, lottery, and through government help. Students, urged by the spirit of social welfare, can also arrange for charity shows to raise the necessary funds.
5. It is the students who should undertake the responsibility of fighting anti-social activities of a few corrupt people.
6. They must solemnly vow to eradicate drugs and drinks from their localities.
7. Whenever there is a general crisis like the outbreak of malaria, or floods or earthquakes, students are expected to come to the aid of the distressed.
The students of today lay the foundation stone of future society. The society should give students the love and encouragement due to them, and see that their studies are not unduly hampered.
Interactions between members of an organization form continually evolving multi-relational networks. As part of this evolution, new networks appear or existing networks are modified. Obviously, people are linked by a wide range of relationships: friendship, information exchange, emotional support, rivalry, influence, hierarchy, parenthood, sex, trust, common interests, origin, etc. Some relationships take precedence over others depending on the goal in each setting. Organizational researchers have not only measured networks based on formal relationships, such as organizational work flows or hierarchy, but have also shown an interest in informal relationships, like advice-seeking, , cooperation, support, and friendship.
the social relationships of friendship, communication and information exchange, advice-seeking, trust, and discussion and generation of new ideas because they play a very important role in learning and knowledge building processes. Friendship is of great importance within educational environments (Baldwin, Bedell, & Johnson, 1997) where the social relationships of friendship directly or indirectly provide access to information and knowledge (Baldwin et al., 1997) and thus boost knowledge building. Communication and information exchange among students is very important in higher education where it plays a key role in discussing and generating new ideas.
Organizational researchers have had recourse to the relationships of friendship and communication because they are useful for studying and predicting results of great importance and interest regarding how network interaction patterns affect employee perceptions of work-related conditions (Ibarra & Andrews, 1993). Focusing on the relationship of friendship, people that are members of a network of friends maximize access to material and immaterial resources that are important for many life situations. Friendship offers psychosocial resources that provide emotional support for coping with adverse situations, positively enjoying and improving their satisfaction generally with what life has to offer (Ibarra, 1995; Baldwin et al., 1997). In traditional learning environments, students that are at the centre of a social network of friendship have more prospects of receiving and offering help and, consequently, a bigger chance of learning more. Additionally, they have more access to positive relationships of emotional support, which are so important for coping with the stress of demanding educational programs (Ibarra, 1995).
Communication and Information Exchange
Communication and information exchange among groups of students are more instrumental than relationships of friendship and are much more focused on the exchange of information related to course contents. Being part of a network of communications in an academic setting is useful for identifying instructor practices, keeping up with course schedule changes, and, generally, being conversant with the many details required to perform successfully in a course (Baldwin et al., 1997). People need to combine information from many sources, exchange a lot of knowledge and multiple proposals. The raw material is ideas. Although they originate from one person, ideas require proper support to prosper. An idea cannot be developed, refined, tested, and implemented without effective communication among the members of an organization. Good communication is the basis for productive interaction. Ideas can be improved by means of consultation and interaction, where different viewpoints each contribute to their enrichment. The key to the development of innovative solutions, the outcome of new and creative ideas, is not so much individual genius as complex interactions within a group. This is a dynamic process where communication and information exchange reveal themselves as key components of the generative effectiveness of knowledge creation. Combination and exchange are key mechanisms for creating social knowledge, where information exchange is a prerequisite for resource combination (Nahapiet & Ghoshal, 1998).
Advice-seeking social relationships are built from interactions empowering people to share information, help, and guidance on questions related to job performance (Sparrowe, Liden, & Kraimer, 2001). These are instrumental rather than primary relationships. They are contextual relationships with more social and less situational connotations (Lincoln & Miller, 1979). These relationships are a means for obtaining resources that are instrumental for improving job performance. A central position in an advice-seeking network indicates a person’s involvement in the exchange of problem-solving resources. A student with a central position in an advice-seeking network will have more information, knowledge, and experience for dealing with academic challenges and questions and will therefore be better equipped to perform more successfully in either the classroom or an online environment.
Trust is essential for rendering a collaborative, learning, creative, and innovative organization more effective. An aseptic exchange of just information will not do. People seeking help or advice from others that have information and knowledge are vulnerable, at risk of being considered inept, helpless, and thus dependent on the other person’s authority. Some authors consider that there must be trust before there is collaboration. Bradach and Eccles (1989) state that trust is an expectation of a sort that dismisses the fear of someone with whom we exchange something acting opportunistically. Behaviorally, collaboration implies exchange, resource sharing, and necessitates trust. Some researchers place trust at the heart of interpersonal relations (Burt, 2005; Granovetter, 1985).
Trust can be divided into different types (i.e., affect-based and cognition-based trust) formed by different psychological processes. Levin and Cross (2004) have found that affect-based trust is higher in friendship networks or in networks with densely embedded ties, whereas cognition-based trust is higher in advice networks, and embeddedness has no effect. Trust is dynamically and interactively developed, that is, gradually built up by means of interpersonal exchanges within groups and organization. It is a learning process among stakeholders, which includes emotional support, problem-solving assistance, and socialization. From this viewpoint, it is important to consider the relationship of trust among students in order to establish the
Discussion and Generation of New Ideas
Knowledge building is based on teaching methods focusing on the generation and collective refinement of ideas (Scardamalia, 2002). In innovative organizations, any creative process is a highly social practice and involves interactions among people inside and outside the organization (Amabile, 1983; Perry-Smith & Shalley, 2003; Woodman et al., 1993). The key process is the discussion and generation, and flow of new ideas in the interpersonal relationships of the group. Apart from being thought-provoking and stimulating, new ideas can be refined, assessed, and improved through discussion with other people. People that have more ties with different people are more creative as they are more likely to receive and share new information (Perry-Smith, 2006; Perry-Smith & Shalley, 2003). Because of the impact of this social relationship of idea discussion and generation on knowledge building, we have opted to study its evolution throughout the course, its effect on students’ academic outcomes and how it is influenced by other social relationships: friendship, communication, advice-seeking, and trust. The aim is to observe which learning processes our teaching/learning method should promote in order to improve student learning and academic performance.
A professional is a person who is qualified to undertake a certain career, for this paper the professional would be the lecturers, staff, and other external professionals. A student’s relation with the institution’s professional would be the way in which they connect and interact.
Strengthening one’s professional networks in campus is important, as these links one to advance beyond their capacity. To build and maintain these professional relationships, one requires values. It is important for anyone/student motivated to succeed in life to learn how to establish professional relationships.
Fundamental Principles in Professional Relationships
1. Mutual Respect
This is a feeling someone is significant, shared between two or more people. We should care for each other’s thoughts and feelings. It is our responsibility to create a positive and healthy culture between professional and students. Treat each one another with respect, appreciation, and honesty.
We are all unique; in decision making and character According to Forbes, one should consider being mindful on how they convey a message. Structure and programming the mind and message is healthy for a mutual understanding and respect.
Trust is unquestionably the most significant aspect of any relationship; it is the solid floor on which the rest of the student-lecturer relationship is formed. Without a strong pillar, a relationship is unsteady at best. Trust is established through openness and honesty thus the student get the opportunity learn.
4. Welcome Variety
In a university setup, for example United States International University-Africa where there is currently about 75 nationalities, this breaks boundaries. There are new characteristics, languages, beliefs, and faiths. Accepting diversity generates civilization and respect.
There are ways we as students communicate to each other and the way students should communicate to the professors and staff. It is important that there is clear communication. One should understand the benefits of effective and direct communication within the campus.
Importance of Building Professional Relationships
These relationships enable one to advance their career. They are the unique identity of a student from their peers. We one is able to build relationships and network as first year, this becomes a fundamental to building a firm basis in their career. For example being involved with the Placement and Career Service office, this enables a student to grow their network during Career week and when the organizations are hiring, one is remembered and considered.
Professional relationships enable a student to have the confidence to reach to staff, faculty, or professor for mentorship. As a student one narrows down the necessities they need from specific professionals from different departments.
One can be too ambitious to a point they need managers as their mentors, it is not bad but also they have limited time to nurture. Thus one is required to have a broader angle of their mentors/ professionals for more insightful information.
How to Establish Professional Relationships
One should be aware of what they need and how to reach out. There are different venues where a student could establish their networks, for example the LinkedIn site.
One should a brief concise profile of oneself. This will create the edge from other profiles. Reach out to the professional either via email, message or a telephone call.
How to Maintain The Professional Relationships
When one develops these relationships, it’s important to have often conversations with them. This enable one’s network to grow as the mutual respect develops.
It is important for a student to have a portfolio of professionals for their career. As the time one is at the university, we have the opportunity to inquire and receive guidance on how to start on the right pace.