Being accessible benefits everyone. Ram Reddy is the Chief Information Officer at The Rockport Group, offering high-quality dress and casual footwear to customers globally. Despite the daily challenges he faces in his busy workplace, Ram is committed to being accessible to those who reach out to him. “Being accessible is a key part of collaboration. Although many of us have offices that physically separate us from one another, it is important to act as though there are no walls. If a colleague needs me, I want her to be able to get to me. Likewise, I like getting out of my office and, rather than email a colleague a question, ask her my question or follow-up with her in person. This also allows my colleague to access me in ways that help her.”
When you work to be accessible to your colleagues, you are the one who truly benefits, because you:
- Identify issues and problems early, leading to quicker resolution, enhanced productivity, and reduced frustration.
- Increase your influence in your organization as you become a “go-to” person who is known for helping others solve problems.
- Create opportunities for you to participate in activities that are meaningful to your career and organization.
- Bolster your reputation in your organization and industry by modeling behavior that your colleagues can emulate.
You can find Ed’s book, Raise Your Visibility & Value: Uncover the Lost Art of Connecting on the Job