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How to Build the Social Ties You Need at Work

If tumbleweeds pass by your desk in spite of being indoors, it is time to put yourself back out there at work. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Amy Gallo describes the steps you can take to build closer ties with colleagues. The first step is to remember that you are not in high school anymore, and nobody is going to pants you if an innocent chat does not go as smoothly as it could have.

Granted, yes, no one is going to force you to talk at work, but it will make work a pleasant and probably more effective experience if you have a couple buddies supporting you. Start by talking to the people who intuitively come across as friendly and willing to chat. These are the types of people who are useful for introducing you to other people later on, because, again, they have outgoing personalities.

If you are worried about running out of things to say, know that that fear is unfounded. You can always start by asking about each other’s work and interests and segue from there. Or if you have difficulty just finding the time to talk to people, then utilize those couple minutes before meetings begin; a couple minutes of light idle chatter always precede meetings. You can use this same principle with conference calls if you work remotely.

It is perfectly alright not to be a social machine because nobody is demanding that you be one. What matters is that you portray your genuine self (respectfully). You can view the original article here: https://hbr.org/2015/09/how-to-build-the-social-ties-you-need-at-work

About John Friscia

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John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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