3 Tips for Building Connections That Last

3 Tips for Building Connections That Last
From Recruiter - December 30, 2016

While management is often a serious and goal-directed pursuit, there also exists a contrary approachmanagement by walking around. The idea is that you can sometimes manage best just by wandering around the factory floor or office without any specific agenda other than to learn something useful and, more importantly, to establish connections with your coworkers and employees. These connections are someof the most important management tools you can develop.

I have also applied this idea to meetings. Ive found that I often learn more of what I should know in the conversations that materialize before and after the actual meeting than I do in the meeting itself. When people feel connected to you, they are more inclined to share valuable information. If you dont maximize these opportunities, then you are missing out. In businessjust as in lifeconnections are everything. Here are three tips for building better connections with your coworkers and employees.

1. Socialize Outsidethe Office

Dont miss out on opportunities to connect with coworkers.

One of our supervisors, Darlene, was assigned to regularly visit our properties in Seattle. Her work was excellent, but she was strictly a nine-to-fiver, whether in the office or on the road. In Seattle, she stopped work at precisely five oclock and headed for her hotel room. No dinners with her coworkers or bonus time spent with suppliers. While I appreciate setting personal boundaries, Darlene was missing a perfect opportunity to build connections and get to know her coworkers better.

This is especially important when traveling for work with your coworkers. When I am traveling for business, the real work usually begins as day blends into evening. But even when youre not traveling, you can invite coworkers to join you for lunch or a coffee. Create opportunities to socialize where you can get to know one another outside of purely commercial concerns.

Learning more about the people I work with is invaluable to my managerial effectiveness. I find that I appreciate them more as fellow human beings and not just as employees or coworkers. These connections pay off when we are working together as a team to achieve business goals.

2. Show Your Appreciation

One morning, while I was returning to my office after a business lunch, I received a text from my assistant that read, Thank you for being such a great boss. I had to smile. I felt as if the sun had peeked out from behind a cloud and warmed me with unexpected gratitude.

We all love to receive positive messages from the people we work with. Why wait to share an upbeat or encouraging message? Today, when I have a happy thought about someone, I take a break from my important work and send them a note via text or email:

You did a great job in the meeting today.


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