Weather. Sports. Current Events. Or the ever popular “How are you?” We are all familiar with traditional small talk, even among workplace colleagues. However, researchers at Harvard at found that those folks who ask meaningful follow up questions appear more likeable.
Having conversations that go beyond the superficial can help you establish and expand strong work relationships.
Such conversations enable you to find out more about your colleagues on a different level, and perhaps share views on issues that may go beyond the tasks of work.
There are multiple benefits of stronger understanding of your coworkers. You may work more closely with your colleagues to complete your work tasks and assignments more efficiently. Knowing your colleagues better can also help you understand their strengths and weaknesses. Collaborations can be more successful as the work can be distributed in a way that can make the most of colleagues’ strengths.
At PCW, we plan facilitated Engage and Connect sessions that help you connect with attendees at the conference, and you can take those tools back to your organization and use it to learn more about others so you can work better together!
Read the full article on the tips on meaningful conversations on CNBC,