I was honored to be featured in an article recently from BlackEnterprise.com, Fraternizing with Coworkers: Going Beyond the Water Cooler. I had a great conversation with the reporter, Jamie. She asked some great questions that made me think about other things I wanted to share with you.
You need to have solid relationships with co-workers no matter what what your job is. You spend a lot of time at work, and you want to have good connections with them because as humans we need connection and socialization. You need it so you can get things done as well. Having a poor relationship with co-workers won’t help you get your work done, especially when you need their assistance.
You want to make sure you have people around you to lean on at work when you’re in a pinch. You also want to consider how extroverted and introverted you are as well. Be mindful of how much communication and time with other people you need at work, versus what would be draining to you. Try to have a balance. Enough time with others that it feeds you, but also enough alone time so you can not only get work done, but if you’re more introverted you won’t get drained.
Keep all of this in mind when you’re considering how much you interact with co-workers. I hope this was helpful to you.