Maintaining the connections you’ve made at work can be tough when you work in an office where people always seem to be on their way out — whether it’s for good or bad reasons. Here’s how to get to know your coworkers before it’s too late.
Be someone people want to talk to in the morning
You’re only doing yourself a disservice when you avert your eyes away from someone who’s trying to say hello to you.
On that note, research shows that witnessing negativity in the morning can ruin the rest of your day, but even if this has happened to you, you don’t need to take your feelings out on those you work with.
So leave your morning commute irritation at the door and turn over a new leaf when you get to your desk. This way, when your fresh-faced, well-rested colleague says hello, you’re able to answer without mumbling a response under your breath.
We’ve all done this before, but you don’t have to purposely look somewhere else when you see a colleague coming your way— this also goes for not responding at all.
Out of conversation ideas? Talk about something you both can relate to
Amanda Berlin, creator of online copywriting course Create Content That Connects, writes in The Muse that you should “bring up what you most definitely have in common” when trying to “bond with” colleagues.
“No matter who you are and what you do—you have two things in common with everyone you work with. You eat and you commute, occasionally at the same time. While they feel like humdrum topics, they are two easy go-tos when you need to break ground,” she writes, before listing potential questions to pose, including “What’s your favorite lunch place around here?
Make new employees feel seen
A Robert Half blog post suggests that if you want to be a good coworker, you should “reach out to new colleagues.”
“What better way to create an atmosphere of teamwork than by supporting the team’s newest members? From volunteering to mentor them to simply taking them out for a cup of coffee, there are many ways to welcome new employees and boost team morale,” it reads.
You should make an effort to get to know people before they make an exit, but getting to know new hires early also makes you seem more genuine and approachable.
Don’t skip every happy hour
I know, I know, it can be a whole lot easier to hop on the train back home at the end of the day, but then you’ll miss out on opportunities to really get to know your coworkers in a more relaxed setting.
While the idea of socializing with people you’re not close friends with can be a little bit jarring at first, you’ll never know what you might bond over if you don’t go and find out.
This also gives you something to talk about when you see them at work the next day.