Make Time to Connect with Your Colleagues

You’re busy at work, but it’s important that you make time to connect with your colleagues. Here’s how to build connection opportunities into the flow of your workday.

First, take some time at the beginning of meetings for an unstructured catch-up. You don’t need to spend the whole time on personal updates, but reserving even five minutes to ask about a coworker’s recent vacation, new puppy, or child’s graduation can make a big difference.

Next, use your transitional break times to informally socialize: Grab a bite to eat with colleagues over your lunch break once or twice a week; set up a 15-minute virtual coffee chat with a coworker you rarely get a chance to see in person; or make informal phone calls during your commute to work. Even a five- to 10-minute conversation with a colleague can increase your rapport and, more importantly, show them that you care.

Finally, don’t underestimate the power of virtual messaging. Consider pinging your work buddy at times when you would have said “Hello!” in the office—like when you’re waiting for a meeting to start or taking a break for lunch.

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