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David Jaenike

March 2, 2021United StatesOpinion

Why nobody tells you anything

The power of a casual chat

Ever felt like you were the last person to find out about a job or project? Of course you have! It happens to pretty much everyone, regardless of the field you’re in. However, this may start to be concerning if you find it becoming a pattern. If this is the case, the best thing you can do is better establish yourself within the communication channels of your company. One of the most effective ways of doing this is simply striking up casual conversations with operators or supervisors. You’d be surprised how much information you can get out of a simple “How was your weekend?”. Once you can get someone to open up a little, more likely than not they will start dropping important lines to you. “By the way, did you hear about the process change we plan on making?”, or “Hey, I noticed a safety concern. Can you help me look into it?”. Next time you’re at the office strike up a conversation with someone you’re not super close with. Building relationships with your peers is an incredibly useful and underrated skill in the workforce. Especially health and safety. If it’s not your strong suit, don’t sweat it. I stink at it too. Just be brave and consistent. Not only will you become more intertwined with the company communication channel, but you’ll also build some great friendships.

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