Coming next, we’ll take a look at participating purposefully. You may be wondering what the difference is between interacting and participating. In the Raise Your Visibility & Value model, interacting is defined as “one-to-one” interactions with colleagues, while participating is defined as “one-to-many” experiences with colleagues.
An example of an interaction is a scheduled meeting with a boss from whom you are geographically distant. An example of participation is asking a question at a company meeting. Interacting and participating help you raise your visibility and value to your organization in different ways.
We all experience hurdles to interacting with others. Here’s an example of one such hurdle and a couple of suggestions for improving your interaction in your organization.
Hurdle – I telecommute almost daily or travel away from our organization’s offices three or more days per week.
Suggested activities – Schedule time to work from your organization’s offices, attend meetings in person, and meet with key colleagues. If you are never at your organization’s offices, face time with your organization’s leaders, your boss, and your colleagues is even more critical. Attend all-employee meetings and your organization’s social events.
Raise Your Visibility & Value: Uncover the Lost Art of Connecting on the Job is available