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What happened to your old office buddy? Reach out and touch someone today

What happened to your old office buddy? Reach out and touch someone today.

Photo by: Matt McVickar

I’ve been thinking recently that I haven’t been great at keeping in touch with many of my former work-friends. By work-friends, I mean people I worked with who I really got along with well.

We often forget that we spend eight, nine, or more hours a day with our colleges at work. If you add in travel time and sleeping, you spend about the same (if not more) time at your job than you do with your own family.

During the time at the office you naturally build relationships with the people there, some stronger than others. Yet, when it comes to socializing often times it’s just not part of the equation. They have homes and families to return to when the clock strikes five (or six) and so do you.

When we move on from those jobs we tend to lump those people in with the company itself. If you left XYZ Inc, you left everyone who is part of that firm. In my case, I’ve traveled quite a lot in my life, so there’s that extra notion that I won’t see that person again any time soon, so why bother going to the trouble.

Wouldn’t it be great to hear from a work-friend from a former job today? The communication can be as simple as an instant message or email, or even better, a phone call.

We all get so tied up in our work and family lives that we often forget about taking the time to keep connected to people we had a genuine connection with. I’ve already got three people in mind who I intend to reach out to today, just to say hello and to let them know I was thinking of them.

Are you up for the challenge? Let me know how it goes.

This jingle comes to mind. Thanks 1980’s AT&T.

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Dave

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  • Wendy

    I've found LinkedIn.com is great for just this! I'm connected no only to current co-workers, but I've been adding a lot of old co-workers too. Since I changed company 9 years ago, it's a stretch to find people, but LinkedIn is really helping. Man, i sound like a spokeswoman, but you might find someone on there…

  • This is a great tip Wendy, thanks. I'm a big fan of LinkedIn too. It's
    hilarious that I'm getting “Joe Blow has accepted your LinkedIn
    invitation…” messages from people I sent them to years ago. Nice to see
    people are finally catching on, eh?

    You can find me there, here: http://www.linkedin/in/davedelaney

    Cheers.
    Dave

  • Shannon T Alston

    nice article! nice site. you're in my rss feed now ;-)
    keep it up

  • With only this thought I joined all these social networking sites. Because with this so much schedules life and plans it very hard to take time out to write a separate email, and its easy to tweet someone of update your face book status on the go. Besides the business aspects these sites also work this way. I once planned to manage something of my own like a network site but that was too difficult to manage so I reverted back to already established networks.

  • With only this thought I joined all these social networking sites. Because with this so much schedules life and plans it very hard to take time out to write a separate email, and its easy to tweet someone of update your face book status on the go. Besides the business aspects these sites also work this way. I once planned to manage something of my own like a network site but that was too difficult to manage so I reverted back to already established networks.

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    – Dave

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    Greater Nashville Area

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