Love your colleagues. If you love your colleagues, you will get paid and promote faster.
Everyday, we are inundated with e-mails. I personally get over 300 a day, and other colleagues I’ve heard get 500. Despite many of the e-mails being largely irrelevant, or impersonal given the blast distribution trend, it’s worth responding every once in a while with a “Thank You” and a recognition of what they’ve sent.
Most of the time all the emailer wants is for someone to respond and recognize their work. How many times have you proceeded to review your e-mail AFTER you sent it, just so you can relish in what you’ve said? Yesterday, I spent about 30 minutes consciously responding to about 12 e-mails which I normally wouldn’t have responded to, and it felt good. Furthermore, I sent out another quick 22 e-mails of congratulation for those who got promoted to celebrate their success. All replied, and were extremely appreciative.
Love Your Colleagues Through Self-Promotion
50% of your work success is selling yourself internally, and the other 50% is selling yourself to your clients, if you have any. If you aren’t client facing, then clearly your internal selling percentage goes up. The whole idea of responding to many of your internal e-mails is to make the other end feel recognized.
A lot of times colleagues will send out blast e-mails touting their own success. Instead of up-heaving in disgust, shoot a quick “Congrats and good work!” response to make them feel special. After all, those who toot their own horn in this manner are generally insecure.
Reputations spread fast in any organization. You want to build a big enough positive network over the course of your career. With your big contingent of positive backers, promotions and raises come easier. Organizations thrive on consensus building, and you must constantly build your personal brand.
Beware Of The Job Hopper
Have you ever wondered what’s the matter with the job hopper who’s had 5 different jobs in 7 years in the same industry? It’s because he’s good at selling himself at the gates (interview), but he’s unable to develop the support network necessary to keep him stably employed and rising within the organization.
He may say he’s jumping for opportunities, but we know better after the third job hop, he’s the problem and not the employer. He failed the “what is your biggest weakness” question and suffers from Dunning-Kruger.
I’m always wary of someone who doesn’t commit at least 2 years at one organization, and so should you.
If you spend just 30 minutes of conscious effort every week reaching out to internal colleagues, you’ll have spent 26 hours of painless time over the year developing relationships. Responding to e-mails is the easiest way to go, but if you can go one step further and give that acquaintance a ring, that works even better.
Goodwill adds up, and pretty soon, you’ll have reached out to everybody, and everybody will be saying nice and thoughtful things about you. So before you mass deleted your e-mails again, pick 5-10 you’ve never responded to before and thank them for their information!
If You Want To Quit Your Job
If you want to leave a job that gives you no love, I recommend negotiating a severance instead of quitting. If you negotiate a severance like I did back in 2012, you not only get a severance check, but potentially subsidized healthcare, deferred compensation, and worker training.
Since you got laid off, you’re also eligible for up to 26 weeks of unemployment benefits. Having a financial runway is huge during your transition period.
Conversely, if you quit your job you get nothing. Check out, How To Engineer Your Layoff: Make A Small Fortune By Saying Goodbye, on how to negotiate a severance.
I first published the book in 2012 and have since expanded it to 200 pages from 100 pages in the latest edition thanks to tremendous reader feedback and successful case studies.
How To Negotiate A Severance As A High-Performing Employee (my wife’s case study)