If you’ve ever been the new person in an office, chances are you’ve done the dreaded introductory lap where your manager drags you from cubicle to cubicle to meet a sea of strangers. In these circumstances, you rarely remember their names or what they actually do, making for awkward conversations in the office kitchen. Here’s a way to make the whole process a little less painful.
A typical workplace introduction exchange usually goes something like this:
[Manager leads new recruit to a cubicle of office workers.]
Manager: “Hey guys, this is Spandas. Spandas, this is Tom, Dick, Harry and Bennifer.”
Tom, Dick, Harry and Bennifer: “Hi.”
[Manager moves to next cubicle with new minion in tow.]
As the new girl at Allure Media, I had to make my presence known via the usual office walk-and-wave. But rather than getting my editor to do the honours, I took a different approach. Instead, I made the introductions myself and asked them what they did in the company, which led to a nice flow of conversation.
This method not only helps you build rapport with your new co-workers, it also helps you put faces to names. At the very least, it ensures you know more about them so the next time you run into them at a communal area you have enough information to start a conversation.
What’s a life hack you’ve used when you started at a new job? Let us know in the comments.