6 Ways To Connect With Your Co-Workers

November 16, 2021
Corporate Team Building
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If you want to continue to grow your career, networking is an important part of today's professional world. You might have heard that old saying, “It's not what you know, it's who you know”.

Think about your workplace before building relationships with strangers. How well do you really know the people at your company? Furthermore, how many of them know you and know what kind of skills you have to offer?

The following are a few tips you can use at work to connect and network with your colleagues and co-workers better: 

1. Be friendly

Surely, we all know that, don't we? Isn't that what networking is all about? The truth is that staying focused on work and going about your daily tasks without paying much attention to your surroundings, including your fellow humans, is quite easy. Saying "Hi" and introducing yourself to someone you have never spoken to in a hallway, elevator, or anywhere else at work is a good idea. Keep a smile on your face. Whether we realize it or not, many of us appear stern, even grumpy, when going about our daily routine. Make a conscious effort to smile before saying hello. It makes a huge difference, especially when it comes to networking.

2. Take full advantage of lunch time 

Perhaps you eat lunch at your desk, go home for dinner every night, or you read a book in silence? Having your own time is your right, and there's nothing wrong with that. When you're working, putting yourself out there at your midday meal is a good idea if you want to establish business relationships.

You simply need to take your lunch to the dining room and eat it there. Avoid grabbing a seat in the corner if there are already people there. Sit down with someone and start a conversation. You have the chance to get to know them in a less formal setting, even if you already know them.

Has a lunch group been going out on a regular basis? Let them know about a great place and see if they invite you to join. Going out with the group may not be something you want to do every time, but it's a good way to meet coworkers in a less stressful environment.

But keep in mind to read the signs. When you see someone buried in a book at a lunch room table, then that person probably is enjoying some private time. You should read the response of a person sitting next to you if you start chatting. It won't take you long to figure out whether they want to talk or not.

People Eating Pizza in the Office

3. Welcoming in newcomers

Perhaps the easiest networking trick you've ever heard. A new co-worker is typically eager to meet other people and get some guidance. Simply by being there for a longer time than the newcomer, you have an advantage and can give them the assistance they need. Even if it is just to tell them where the best coffee is or which copy machine is flaky, it is still expertise. You could even arrange a lunch with them soon and go the extra mile.

4. Office invites

It's not uncommon for offices to send out email blasts inviting you to ground floor going away parties, invitations for volunteer committees, or something similar. We all have a tendency to roll our eyes and think, "Ugh no thank you," but if you're really interested in meeting people at your office and connecting with them, accept your next email invitation.

Gorup of Employees working Together

5. LinkedIn

Do you have a LinkedIn account? If not then join right now! There are many useful tools on LinkedIn for getting to know your co-workers without becoming intrusive (e.g. don't stalk Facebook pages). You'll learn about their previous experience, the projects they've completed, and the skills they've mastered. If you explore your colleagues' LinkedIn pages, you're likely to discover something interesting about them.

It takes more than handing out business cards and shaking hands to build a network. It can be a hassle to organize and plan out team building activities, but we've got you covered! We host over 200 amazing team-building events for companies. You can easily find activities that fit your team’s goals and book an event by sending us an inquiry.

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