It’s always strongly recommended to build relationships, and to make sure you don’t destroy them when you leave a company. I want to take a closer look at maintaining close relationships with those who are often left behind.
Whether you were recently promoted, switched departments, took over a new store, or went to another company I always believe that maintaining all relationships is incredibly important. When we think about networking we often think about the obvious group of individuals that will help us get promoted and benefit our career, but the truth is that every person you work with can have an impact.
Consider the following:
Peers: keeping strong relationships with peers will help build your reputation within the organization. For one thing, these peers might be your boss at some point, or you might be theirs. Playing fairly on this team will pay off in more ways than one.
Office support staff: whether it’s the executive assistant, event planner, or the cleaning crew, your relationships with these individuals can greatly pay off. Executive assistances work very closely with hiring leaders, if you pass them off as unworthy of your time, you are making a big mistake. Any type of support staff in an office environment is a witness to your work ethic, even when you least expect it. Remember that you never know when these relationships will pay off.
Your previous team: building and maintaining strong relationships with those who you used to manage is another great practice. When you make CEO one day, each team member will share their experience with you to others. When you have exceptional team members, you can also utilize them as your future bench strength in your career journey.
Underperformers: employees that are not performing well in their role shouldn’t be shoved to the side and forgotten about. Ensuring that you are building strong relationships and maintaining trust and respect with these associates will show your true ability to lead. No matter what you think, communicating to others that you don’t care about employees who fail to meet expectations is a terrible decision. Effectively moving employees through a performance improvement process while maintain respect shows your ability to work through difficult times and maintain culture and morale.
There are a multitude of groups and individual departments that get little to no attention that can often make the difference in someone being successful in their role. Remembering that each employee and each department is part of one large unit will help you understand the importance of building a relationship. Remind yourself daily to make small connections with everyone, and try to maintain these connections throughout your career- you never know when you will need it.
Reach out to some of the groups mentioned above, establish a connection, and develop daily!
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