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Get Ahead Without Improving Your Performance

Get Ahead Without Improving Your Performance

Jeff Hindenach | SalesHQ

Use Work Lunches for Work

There’s no reason to eat lunch alone when that time could be spent networking with coworkers. It’s important to be sociable. Remember, not every networking opportunity has to be about work-related topics. Connecting with coworkers on a personal level will make you seem more approachable and that much easier to work with.

What to do: Be strategic about who you ask to lunch. Pick up-and-comers, or people who carry weight in your office. It’s true what they say — it’s good to have friends in high places. Just be careful about going to too many long lunches, you don’t want to seem like a slacker to your boss!

The Water Cooler is Your Friend

You may not like participating in office gossip, but it’s a perfect way to gain the trust of your coworkers and get a little insight into office politics. It always helps to know where people stand on office issues and how they really feel about their coworkers. This knowledge will keep you from misspeaking later. If you can learn how to navigate the choppy waters of all the different office relationships, then you’ll never be left in the dark.

What to do: The best practice is just to listen — let them vent or gossip. Active listening always makes the speaker feel like you’re engaged in the conversation. If need be, find some topics that your coworkers are interested in and do some research on them. And never turn down an opportunity for a little water cooler talk.

Get Involved Outside of Work

When you clock out for the day, the last thing you probably want to be doing is thinking about work. But branching out beyond the office can be a fun and successful way to show your dedication to your profession, as well as creating networking opportunities for yourself. Find ways to promote your company in a professional arena outside the office.

What to do: Go to off-site trainings. Find high school and college classes or professional conferences to talk to about your profession. Pick a professional organization in your field to join and invite your coworkers to networking events. The more you are doing outside of the office to advance your career, the better you look to your bosses.

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