Are you in a healthy relationship?
Today’s Post is by Eli Razov, Senior Account Manager at SafeSourcing Inc.
Are you in a healthy relationship? When working with co-workers, vendors, counterparts, and other business professionals, we tend to put on the professional mask. Sometimes that mask requires us to stand firm on decisions and sometimes become aggressive; but when does that aggression goes too far, it becomes a toxic aggressive emotion. Often in the office setting, stress levels are rather high and are sometimes easily irritated by timelines, lack of involvement with other people, not meeting margins, and the list goes on. We tend to see this situation quite often when a client has worked with a vendor for years and has a rather strong relationship. We must question that just because you have worked with them for years and may be buddies, are they really giving you the “best deal”? We must remember no matter how healthy or great that relationship may be those vendors still need to put food on their plates and somewhere up that ladder, someone is pressing down on them to get better margins. So how do you handle this when you want a better price? Do you call your friend and ask for the best price and hope they are doing exactly that? Or, are you reaching out to other vendors behind their back and hoping you can come across a better deal. Well what do you do if you happen to find a better price? Do you tell your buddy incumbent that you got a better offer and you would like them to match, or do you end the relationship and just move on to the next best thing? During all of this searching and dealing are you upsetting your incumbent? Are they really your friend if they are upset that you are looking for a better price? These are things you must understand. In order for you to be successful, you must worry about your job not the feelings of someone else. This does not mean you must become a callous, aggressive individual, but you must understand you must do what is needed to be successful.
Our tools and professionals at SafeSourcing have years of experience dealing with this exact scenario. By using our online tools we show vendors if they have the lowest price or not and take the guess work out of the equations. So contact us and let SafeSourcing help you with your relationship.
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