I have learned to make a conscious effort to call colleagues. I call this my “water-cooler time” I only see a small portion of people I work with and the majority of our meetings are phone and video conferences.
In an office setting you have 5 minutes walking from the car to the office to ask Mary about her grandkid's birthday party and 2 minutes walking down the hall to get a drink to see if Brad was able to resolve the contract issue from yesterday.
We are social beings. I make a conscious effort to speak with people. It is important for our team to bond if people are conscious of it or not. Great business ideas and best practice learnings often come out of informal chats. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying I chit-chat all day with colleagues instead of recruiting. Just the opposite is true. Ten minutes to breathe is necessary to refocus and keep you in the game after several back to back interviews.
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