Go to lunch with a coworker

By Scot Herrick | Business Networking

Jan 10

When I look back over my work at my company, one of the things that I realize I did not do enough of was to get out and meet other people in the company. Whether that was through meetings, breaks or lunch, meeting other people in your company is important to your networking.

Part of the reason to meet other people at work is simply because the work they do can be very interesting. In addition, people themselves can be very interesting. Of course, there are good career and networking reasons to meet with other people.

If you work in a position that is isolated from much of the company or only limited to your immediate work group, the need to meet other people is especially important because it helps give you a view of the company outside of your group.

From a networking perspective, here’s what you can naturally find out:

  1. Who is hiring in what departments
  2. How well projects are going
  3. What new things are on the horizon
  4. What new skills are now needed to work in other departments
  5. And, of course, all the wonderful rumors — and if someone really has the scoop whom you could consider an authority

It is not like you will find all this out in one lunch session — but over time, osmosis sets in and you will be surprised by how much you learn about other departments and areas simply by consistently interacting with others outside of the normal job.

Talk to other people: go to lunch with people outside your group, take a break, talk with the smokers (no, I don’t smoke — but go with them on smoke breaks), chat with people before meetings, or establish a development plan to do informational interviews with people in other departments.

But, interact with people in your company. It will help you stay informed and give you options compared to others that simply sit in cubes.


About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.