Face Time: Use the Time in the Office to Build Relationships

Face time helps build a business.  If your company allows you the option to work from home or to work in the company office, go into the office if not every day at least from time to time.  Let people see you and see the things you are doing.

After becoming chief executive of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer required that all Yahoo employees come into the office everyday instead of working from home.  Mayer had worked at Google, where everyone works in the office.

You may find that you do a better job, get more recognition for your work, and enjoy you work more when you spend time in the office with your coworkers and your supervisor.

Expand your company network.  Volunteer for committees and assignments that will teach you more about your company, teach you new skills, and help you meet new people.

Play in company golf tournaments, softball games, volleyball tournaments, and other activities that give you a chance to get to know people you might not otherwise meet.

Attend company parties and picnics.

Organize after-hours card or board games that help you get to know your co-workers.

Create professional relationships during your office time.  Invite people two or three people to take a walk with you during lunch breaks.  Ask people to join you for coffee breaks.  Plan ahead for these meetings.  Think of topics that you and the other people will find interesting to discuss.

Ask for help, advice, and feedback.  When seeking help, respect the time of other people.  Let the person know how much time you will need.  If you are able to get help from intelligent, informed co-workers, you are wise to get their advice.  When you ask for a person’s advice, you show that person that you respect their judgment.

Most people will appreciate your requests for their advice.

Help people.  Take a minute to listen to people who ask for help.  If you have more to do than your own job requires, ask the person whether you can speak later.  Politely explain that today you do not have the time to give them the help that you believe they deserve.

If people ask for your help and you have more than you can get done in your own job, take a couple of minutes to understand what the person needs.  Show them that you care about them and the work they are doing.  Give them a chance to show you what they have on their mind.  Then you can politely decline with an explanation that what the person needs will take more time than you have that day, but that you want to help when you can.

Look the part.  Use positive, effective body language.  When walk around the office, stand upright, hold your chin up, put your shoulders back, and suck in your stomach.  Project command presence.

Sit up in meetings.  Look at the people who are speaking.  Contribute to the discussion

Dress consistently with your supervisor.  Keep your hair trimmed.

Greet people as you pass them.  Smile.  Nod your head, and say, “Hi” or “Good morning.”  Say a person’s name with your greeting.  If you do not know a person’s name, learn it.  I have often read that everyone’s favorite word is their own name.

If you do not know the person, introduce yourself.  The best way to make friends is to be a friend.

You are your greatest asset.  Show up in the office.  Use your presence to create awareness of the job you are doing for your company.

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