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:
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.