One can never guess how fleeting interactions will change their lives. Anyone who has seen Sliding Doors knows that the smallest moments can mean everything. A chance meeting through a temporary job holds endless possibilities. Who you chat with while making coffee could offer the opportunity of a lifetime.
We believe people—and more than that, the relationships with people—create success. The relationships we’ve built with candidates and clients often develop into lifelong connections, so we take every relationship seriously, and so should you.
A business built on relationships
Strong relationships inside and outside of work are the catalysts to change and progress. One of our employees has a story that supports this mindset. He became good friends with a few other people who also worked at Primary. Like many work friendships, the group went to happy hours, sporting events, and barbecues outside of work. They even chartered a company softball team. Through these friendships, our employee met someone who happened to work with a major client of ours.
The best thing about establishing connections like these is that business opportunities are often found hand in hand with friendships. This happenstance friendship led to our employee doing some light consulting onsite for our client, which led to him helping the client streamline their billing and timesheet processes, making them more efficient. Not only did our employee provide a service for a friend, but he successfully strengthened Primary’s relationship with a valued client.
Humans are social creatures
But not everyone is a social butterfly. And you don’t have to be to connect and develop relationships with coworkers. This does not mean everyone you meet will become your new best friend, but it does mean establishing a pleasant rapport is a must. Here are three easy methods to keep in mind:
Engage with coworkers outside of work: Happy hours, lunches, recreational activities. It’s the first thing that comes to mind when people think “socialize” and “coworkers”. You can’t go wrong grabbing a cup of coffee and having a chat with that one person you wave to, but never really speak with. Which brings up the next point.
Utilize the power of small talk: It can be about weather, last night’s episode, what have you. Small talk won’t reveal the hidden layers of your coworkers, but it does create a comfortable familiarity that will go a long way when they may need your help or you may need theirs.
Show support and appreciation: And not because it’s expected, and not because you expect something in return, but just because. Show sincere appreciation for someone’s efforts when they do an exceptional job. Additionally, offer help on a project when you can, or involve others on your projects, recognizing they have something valuable to contribute. No one person can do everything alone.
Cultivating good relationships with coworkers is about more than getting along with them. It’s about making sure you are well thought of even after you no longer work together, should that be the case. So when, years and years down the road, you run into each other again, you can be sure you’d parted ways on a good note. Remember, the best way to showcase how talented you are is to do it to the benefit of others.