If you are not sure what the guy sitting next to you does, this article is for you

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Even if I am still young, I have worked for several companies, and there is a thing that always surprises me. A month or two after joining a new company, I realize that I only have little idea (if not sometimes, absolutely no idea) of ​​what my colleagues, or what people in other teams, are working on. I know their role, the department they work for, but what exactly are they doing? Typing? Writing emails? Filling excel spreadsheets? With what data? What for?
That said, is it really important to know what others people are busy with? Most people live quite well without knowing…
Well, this is why I think it does matter:

Meet people, and you will start creating a network inside your company. We often think that “networking” only happens outside of your company: One person can potentially recruit you or become one of your customers in the future… But knowing your colleagues also means knowing available “resources” around you. You cannot ask help from someone if you ignore their existence or what they do. Now, the day you will need help from someone, an idea or a point of view, you might have someone to rely on, and that person will be more likely to say “yes” if he already knows you.


Trying to introduce yourself to someone new is difficult, even frightening, especially if you’re shy. It is a normal reaction: this person might reject you, or despise you! But don’t you think that talking to your teammates only, and staring at other people within your company as if they were aliens, is a valid reason to be rejected/despised?
Yes, introducing yourself to a stranger lets him judge you, but trying to discover this person teaches you that she is somehow as afraid of you than you are of her. The more you meet people, the more you learn to introduce yourself as you are, and to accept them for who they are, because everyone is different. Why being someone else when you can be you?

At Officience, we often say “I know therefore I care”. Knowing your colleagues creates a link between you and them. Somehow, you care about them, because you understand pieces of their work, and pieces of who they are. I know that some people love saying bad thing about people they never even spoke to, that sometimes you hate one colleague because he is an *******, so you have absolutely no will to try to know them. But does that bring you happiness? Does it give you energy and joy to go to work everyday? I don’t think so.

So please, give it a try: forget your fears and stereotypes, and try to understand people working with you. You will receive more than you think.

Juliette Dumas, intern at Officience


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